We’re using Dell TB16 Thunderbolt docks with Dell XPS ultrabooks, to provide an Ethernet port with MAC address passthrough (these models have only USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports onboard) during Foreman PxE-based provisioning.
Our chosen Ubuntu distro (18.04.2 LTS) natively supports the r8152 driver module required for this setup, and we have configured http://uk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ as the installation media, against the ‘bionic’ release name. Foreman is successfully downloading and using ‘initrd.gz’ & ‘linux’ files from ‘/dists/bionic/main/installer-amd64/current/images/netboot/ubuntu-installer/amd64/’, renamed to match our media name, however they do not contain the r8152 module.
Two days digging later, and I have been able to establish the problem: Foreman is not correlating the ‘bionic-updates’ directory structure against the base ‘bionic’ directory structure when it retrieves the ‘initrd.gz’ & ‘linux’ files, and therefore ends up using retired versions from April 2018, rather than the current versions.
I have manually wget-ed the current versions, overwritten Foreman’s files within …/tftpboot/boot, and chown-ed them to have identical permissions, and the r8152 driver module is able to successfully load and complete the provisioning task, but I am concerned that this might not be the correct course of action, and also that it might not be persistent.
Expected outcome: Foreman automatically chooses the more current versions of ‘initrd.gz’ & ‘linux’ from a source’s netboot provision, when available in an adjacent directory structure.
Foreman and Proxy versions:
1.21.3 (single standalone server)
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Other relevant data: n/a