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    isocut Usage Guide


    The size of an openEuler image is large, and the process of downloading or transferring an image is time-consuming. In addition, when an openEuler image is used to install the OS, all RPM packages contained in the image are installed. You cannot choose to install only the required software packages.

    In some scenarios, you do not need to install the full software package provided by the image, or you need to install additional software packages. Therefore, openEuler provides an image tailoring and customization tool. You can use this tool to customize an ISO image that contains only the required RPM packages based on an openEuler image. The software packages can be the ones contained in an official ISO image or specified in addition to meet custom requirements.

    This document describes how to install and use the openEuler image tailoring and customization tool.

    Software and Hardware Requirements

    The hardware and software requirements of the computer to make an ISO file using the openEuler tailoring and customization tool are as follows:

    • The CPU architecture is AArch64 or x86_64.
    • The operating system is openEuler 22.03 LTS SP1.
    • You are advised to reserve at least 30 GB drive space for running the tailoring and customization tool and storing the ISO image.


    The following uses openEuler 22.03 LTS SP1 on the AArch64 architecture as an example to describe how to install the ISO image tailoring and customization tool.

    1. Ensure that openEuler 22.03 LTS SP1 has been installed on the computer.

       $ cat /etc/openEuler-release
       openEuler release 22.03 LTS SP1
    2. Download the ISO image (must be an everything image) of the corresponding architecture and save it to any directory (it is recommended that the available space of the directory be greater than 20 GB). In this example, the ISO image is saved to the /home/isocut_iso directory.

      The download address of the AArch64 image is as follows:


      Note: The download address of the x86_64 image is as follows:


    3. Create a /etc/yum.repos.d/local.repo file to configure the Yum source. The following is an example of the configuration file. baseurl is the directory for mounting the ISO image.

    4. Run the following command as the root user to mount the image to the /home/isocut_mount directory (ensure that the mount directory is the same as baseurl configured in the repo file) as the Yum source:

      sudo mount -o loop /home/isocut_iso/openEuler-22.03-LTS-SP1-everything-aarch64-dvd.iso /home/isocut_mount
    5. Make the Yum source take effect.

      yum clean all
      yum makecache
    6. Install the image tailoring and customization tool as the root user.

      sudo yum install -y isocut
    7. Run the following command as the root user to verify that the tool has been installed successfully:

       $ sudo isocut -h
       Checking input ...
       usage: isocut [-h] [-t temporary_path] [-r rpm_path] [-k file_path] source_iso dest_iso
       Cut openEuler iso to small one
       positional arguments:
         source_iso         source iso image
         dest_iso           destination iso image
       optional arguments:
         -h, --help         show this help message and exit
         -t temporary_path  temporary path
         -r rpm_path        extern rpm packages path
         -k file_path       kickstart file

    Tailoring and Customizing an Image

    This section describes how to use the image tailoring and customization tool to create an image by tailoring or adding RPM packages to an openEuler image.

    Command Description


    Run the isocut command to use the image tailoring and customization tool. The command format is as follows:

    isocut [ --help | -h ] [ -t <temp_path> ] [ -r <rpm_path> ] [ -k <file_path> ] < source_iso > < dest_iso >

    Parameter Description

    --help | -hNoQueries the help information about the command.
    -t <temp_path>NoSpecifies the temporary directory temp_path for running the tool, which is an absolute path. The default value is /tmp.
    -r <rpm_path>NoSpecifies the path of the RPM packages to be added to the ISO image.
    -k <file_path>NoSpecifies the kickstart template path if kickstart is used for automatic installation.
    source_isoYesPath and name of the ISO source image to be tailored. If no path is specified, the current path is used by default.
    dest_isoYesSpecifies the path and name of the new ISO image created by the tool. If no path is specified, the current path is used by default.

    Software Package Source

    The RPM packages of the new image can be:

    • Packages contained in an official ISO image. In this case, the RPM packages to be installed are specified in the configuration file /etc/isocut/rpmlist. The configuration format is software_package_name.architecture. For example, kernel.aarch64.

    • Specified in addition. In this case, use the -r parameter to specify the path in which the RPM packages are stored when running the isocut command and add the RPM package names to the /etc/isocut/rpmlist configuration file. (See the name format above.)

      • NOTE:

        • When customizing an image, if an RPM package specified in the configuration file cannot be found, the RPM package will not be added to the image.
        • If the dependency of the RPM package is incorrect, an error may be reported when running the tailoring and customization tool.

    kickstart Functions

    You can use kickstart to install images automatically by using the -k parameter to specify a kickstart file when running the isocut command.

    The isocut tool provides a kickstart template (/etc/isocut/anaconda-ks.cfg). You can modify the template as required.

    Modifying the kickstart Template

    If you need to use the kickstart template provided by the isocut tool, perform the following modifications:

    • Configure the root user password and the GRUB2 password in the /etc/isocut/anaconda-ks.cfg file. Otherwise, the automatic image installation will pause during the password setting process, waiting for you to manually enter the passwords.
    • If you want to specify additional RPM packages and use kickstart for automatic installation, specify the RPM packages in the %packages field in both the /etc/isocut/rpmlist file and the kickstart file.

    See the next section for details about how to modify the kickstart file.

    Configuring Initial Passwords
    Setting the Initial Password of the root User

    Set the initial password of the root user as follows in the /etc/isocut/anaconda-ks.cfg file. Replace ${pwd} with the encrypted password.

    rootpw --iscrypted ${pwd}

    Obtain the initial password of the root user as follows (root permissions are required):

    1. Add a user for generating the password, for example, testUser.

      sudo useradd testUser
    2. Set the password for the testUser user. Run the following command to set the password as prompted:

      $ sudo passwd testUser
      Changing password for user testUser.
      New password:
      Retype new password:
      passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.
    3. View the /etc/shadow file to obtain the encrypted password. The encrypted password is the string between the two colons (:) following the testUser user name. (******* is used as an example.)

      $ sudo cat /etc/shadow | grep testUser
    4. Run the following command to replace the pwd field in the /etc/isocut/anaconda-ks.cfg file with the encrypted password (replace *** with the actual password):

      rootpw --iscrypted ***
    Configuring the Initial GRUB2 Password

    Add the following configuration to the /etc/isocut/anaconda-ks.cfg file to set the initial GRUB2 password: Replace ${pwd} with the encrypted password.

    %addon com_huawei_grub_safe --iscrypted --password='${pwd}'


    • The root permissions are required for configuring the initial GRUB password.

    • The default user corresponding to the GRUB password is root.

    • The grub2-set-password command must exist in the system. If the command does not exist, install it in advance.

    1. Run the following command and set the GRUB2 password as prompted:

      $ sudo grub2-set-password -o ./
      Enter password:
      Confirm password:
      grep: .//grub.cfg: No such file or directory
      WARNING: The current configuration lacks password support!
      Update your configuration with grub2-mkconfig to support this feature.
    2. After the command is executed, the user.cfg file is generated in the current directory. The content starting with grub.pbkdf2.sha512 is the encrypted GRUB2 password.

      $ sudo cat user.cfg
    3. Add the following information to the /etc/isocut/anaconda-ks.cfg file. Replace ******* with the encrypted GRUB2 password.

      %addon com_huawei_grub_safe --iscrypted --password='grub.pbkdf2.sha512.***'
    Configuring the %packages Field

    If you want to specify additional RPM packages and use kickstart for automatic installation, specify the RPM packages in the %packages field in both the /etc/isocut/rpmlist file and the kickstart file.

    This section describes how to specify RPM packages in the /etc/isocut/anaconda-ks.cfg file.

    The default configurations of %packages in the /etc/isocut/anaconda-ks.cfg file are as follows:

    %packages --multilib --ignoremissing

    Add specified RPM packages to the %packages configurations in the following format:

    software_package_name.architecture. For example, kernel.aarch64.

    %packages --multilib --ignoremissing

    Operation Guide


    • Do not modify or delete the default configuration items in the /etc/isocut/rpmlist file.
    • All isocut operations require root permissions.
    • The source image to be tailored can be a basic image or everything image. In this example, the basic image openEuler-22.03-LTS-SP1-aarch64-dvd.iso is used.
    • In this example, assume that the new image is named new.iso and stored in the /home/result directory, the temporary directory for running the tool is /home/temp, and the additional RPM packages are stored in the /home/rpms directory.
    1. Open the configuration file /etc/isocut/rpmlist and specify the RPM packages to be installed (from the official ISO image).

       sudo vi /etc/isocut/rpmlist
    2. Ensure that the space of the temporary directory for running the image tailoring and customization tool is greater than 8 GB. The default temporary directory is**/tmp**. You can also use the -t parameter to specify another directory as the temporary directory. The path of the directory must be an absolute path. In this example, the /home/temp directory is used. The following command output indicates that the available drive space of the /home directory is 38 GB, which meets the requirements.

       $ df -h
       Filesystem                            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
       devtmpfs                              1.2G     0  1.2G   0% /dev
       tmpfs                                 1.5G     0  1.5G   0% /dev/shm
       tmpfs                                 1.5G   23M  1.5G   2% /run
       tmpfs                                 1.5G     0  1.5G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
       /dev/mapper/openeuler_openeuler-root   69G  2.8G   63G   5% /
       /dev/sda2                             976M  114M  796M  13% /boot
       /dev/mapper/openeuler_openeuler-home   61G   21G   38G  35% /home
    3. Tailor and customize the image.

      Scenario 1: All RPM packages of the new image are from the official ISO image.

      $ sudo isocut -t /home/temp /home/isocut_iso/openEuler-22.03-LTS-SP1-aarch64-dvd.iso /home/result/new.iso
        Checking input ...
        Checking user ...
        Checking necessary tools ...
        Initing workspace ...
        Copying basic part of iso image ...
        Downloading rpms ...
        Finish create yum conf
        Regenerating repodata ...
        Checking rpm deps ...
        Getting the description of iso image ...
        Remaking iso ...
        Adding checksum for iso ...
        Adding sha256sum for iso ...
        ISO cutout succeeded, enjoy your new image "/home/result/new.iso"
        isocut.lock unlocked ...

      If the preceding information is displayed, the custom image new.iso is successfully created.

      Scenario 2: The RPM packages of the new image are from the official ISO image and additional packages in /home/rpms.

      sudo isocut -t /home/temp -r /home/rpms /home/isocut_iso/openEuler-22.03-LTS-SP1-aarch64-dvd.iso /home/result/new.iso

      Scenario 3: The kickstart file is used for automatic installation. You need to modify the /etc/isocut/anaconda-ks.cfg file.

      sudo isocut -t /home/temp -k /etc/isocut/anaconda-ks.cfg /home/isocut_iso/openEuler-22.03-LTS-SP1-aarch64-dvd.iso /home/result/new.iso


    The System Fails to Be Installed Using an Image Tailored Based on the Default RPM Package List


    When isocut is used to tailor an image, the /etc/isocut/rpmlist configuration file is used to specify the software packages to be installed.

    Images of different OS versions contain different software packages. As a result, some packages may be missing during image tailoring. Therefore, the /etc/isocut/rpmlist file contains only the kernel software package by default, ensuring that the image can be successfully tailored.


    The ISO image is successfully tailored using the default configuration, but fails to be installed.

    An error message is displayed during the installation, indicating that packages are missing:

    Possible Cause

    The ISO image tailored based on the default RPM package list lacks necessary RPM packages during installation. The missing RPM packages are displayed in the error message, and may vary depending on the version.


    1. Add the missing packages.

      1. Find the missing RPM packages based on the error message.
      2. Add the missing RPM packages to the /etc/isocut/rpmlist configuration file.
      3. Tailor and install the ISO image again.

      For example, if the missing packages are those in the example error message, modify the rpmlist configuration file as follows:

      $ cat /etc/isocut/rpmlist

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