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fai-setup(8) System Manager's Manual fai-setup(8)


fai-setup - Setup script for Fully Automatic Installation (FAI)




Fully Automatic Installation (FAI) is used to provide unattended installation of Debian GNU/Linux operating systems with a very flexible class-based system. fai-setup creates the initial NFSROOT directory and the configuration space. It sets up the NFS exports configuration file (/etc/exports), and create the initial fai user that is used for copying over the installation logs to a centralized directory on the server. fai-make-nfsroot(8) is called to create the initial NFS root directory.

fai-setup should be called after each change to /etc/fai/fai.conf.


Use CFDIR as configuration directory. Default is /etc/fai. You can also set the environment variable FAI_ETC_DIR.
Expert mode. Do not add entries to /etc/export, do not restart the nfs server, and do not add to /var/log/fai/variables.


This program is part of FAI (Fully Automatic Installation). See the FAI manual for more information on how to use fai-setup. The FAI homepage is

fai-make-nfsroot(8), exports(5)


The FAI configuration file.
The configuration file for fai-make-nfsroot.
The NFS configuration file for exported filesystems.
The script will write the values of FAI_CONFIGDIR and FAI_CONFIG_SRC to this file.


Thomas Lange <>

11 November April 2007 FAI 3.2