Using a post-install script during coreos PXE install

Greetings! I am deploying CoreOS using ipxe and the latest initramfs, and, well,
I am hitting 1997805 – coreos install boot order

On my Dell servers, EFI boot entries to boot on disk are automatically removed when the system detects there is no more EFI partition on the disk (so “it’s a feature”).
Following the CoreOS installation, the node reboots into PXE again, triggering the installation again and again and again.

This problem is tracked now by Stale UEFI boot entry left behind after reprovisioning · Issue #946 · coreos/fedora-coreos-tracker · GitHub though I would like to know if there is a way around it using pxe customize --post-install, or maybe custom post-install-hook services.
Simply put, I would like to run an efibootmgr -o in a post install script so that the Fedora entry gets first in the list.
As far as I tried, the post-install-hook service is not installed in the live ramdisk, every customization I managed to do (through butane config) is executed after the reboot.

coreos-installer pxe customize --post-install visibly modifies the ramdisk file, but I don’t know how to start checking what it does exactly, I could not find an option for more logs, and the ramdisk is a bunch of cpio and gzipped files concatenated together, I am not sure how to open that (and I don’t know how this modification is used on the live system). I call it in this fashion:

podman run --privileged -ti --rm -v `pwd`:/imgs pxe customize -o /imgs/fedora-coreos-36.20220605.3.0-live-initramfs.x86_64.img.4 /imgs/fedora-coreos-36.20220605.3.0-live-initramfs.x86_64.img --post-install /imgs/

the ipxe options are as followed:

kernel --timeout 60000 text nofb nomodeset vga=normal ipa-debug=1 coreos.inst.install_dev=/dev/sda coreos.inst.ignition_url= initrd=ramdisk || goto boot_ramdisk

I am wondering if it is possible at all to use the --post-install option for my case. I would be grateful if anyone could help me troubleshoot :slight_smile:
At the moment I have to manually fix the boot order, then the system runs fine until next install.


--post-install is the right approach here. You can use coreos-installer pxe ignition unwrap <iso> to see the Ignition config that pxe customize embedded in the live image. In your case, --post-install should create /usr/local/bin/ and in the live system. You can add the coreos.inst.skip_reboot kernel argument to automatically drop to a shell after installation, and then journalctl -u to see what the post-install script did.

Thanks for your response. Indeed coreos-installer pxe ignition unwrap allows me to see that new ignition files were embedded within the ramdisk, thank you.
However neither the or anything under /usr/local/bin is present in the live installation. I tested coreos.inst.skip_reboot already, I just checked one more time: there is just nothing there. The ignition files added by --post-install are not used during the installation.

EDIT: found it! I needed
on the cmdline (as documented)