The xCAT Documentation Problem

Ever since 2001 I remember hearing the same thing about xCAT: “The documentation needs improvement”, “There is a steep learning curve”. Back in those days the quick xCAT-mini-howto was a great way to get going. The problem is that it left out a lot of the important details like service nodes, offloading tftp servers, etc….

Rails and other web services on the same box

The Sumavisor is built on top of xCAT. The Sumavisor is a rails application, with lots of xCAT plugins that sit on top of the base xCAT.  One thing we had to work out was having a web server host a rails application (the Sumavisor) and allow xCAT to install nodes via HTTP.  The solution…