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|kbd:[Ctrl + b] kbd:[1]|Main installation program window. Contains text-based prompts (during text mode installation or if you use VNC direct mode), and also some debugging information.
|kbd:[Ctrl + b] kbd:[2]|Interactive shell prompt with `root` privileges.
|kbd:[Ctrl + b] kbd:[3]|Installation log; displays messages stored in `/tmp/anaconda.log`.
|kbd:[Ctrl + b] kbd:[4]|Storage log; displays messages related storage devices from kernel and system services, stored in `/tmp/storage.log`.
|kbd:[Ctrl + b] kbd:[5]|Program log; displays messages from other system utilities, stored in `/tmp/program.log`.
In addition to displaying diagnostic information in [application]*tmux* windows, [application]*Anaconda* also generates several log files, which can be transferred from the installation system. These log files are described in xref:install/Troubleshooting.adoc#sect-troubleshooting-log-files[Log Files Generated During the Installation], and directions for transferring them from the installation system are available in xref:install/Troubleshooting.adoc#sect-troubleshooting-transferring-logs[Transferring Log Files from the Installation System].
Saving Screenshots
You can press kbd:[Shift + Print Screen] at any time during the graphical installation to capture the current screen. These screenshots are saved to `/tmp/anaconda-screenshots`.
Additionally, you can use the [command]#autostep --autoscreenshot# command in a Kickstart file to capture and save each step of the installation automatically. See xref:appendixes/Kickstart_Syntax_Reference.adoc#sect-kickstart-commands-autostep[autostep (optional) - Go Through Every Screen] for details.
Installing in Text Mode
Text mode installation offers an interactive, non-graphical interface for installing {PRODUCT}. This may be useful on systems with no graphical capabilities; however, you should always consider the available alternatives before starting a text-based installation. Text mode is limited in the amount of choices you can make during the installation.
There are two alternatives to text mode which can both be used even if the installation system does not have a graphical display. You can either connect to the installation system using VNC and perform an interactive graphical installation remotely (see xref:advanced/VNC_Installations.adoc#chap-vnc-installations[Installing Using VNC]), or you can create a Kickstart file to perform the installation automatically (see xref:advanced/Kickstart_Installations.adoc#chap-kickstart-installations[Automating the Installation with Kickstart]).
Text Mode Installation
The main menu in during a text-based installation.
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Installation in text mode follows a pattern similar to the graphical installation: There is no single fixed progression; you can configure many settings in any order you want using the main status screen. Screens which have already been configured, either automatically or by you, are marked as `[x]`, and screens which require your attention before the installation can begin are marked with `[!]`. Available commands are displayed below the list of available options.
Limits of interactive text mode installation include:
The installer will always use the English language and the US English keyboard layout. You can configure your language and keyboard settings, but these settings will only apply to the installed system, not to the installation.
You can not configure any advanced storage methods (LVM, software RAID, FCoE, zFCP and iSCSI).
It is not possible to configure custom partitioning; you must use one of the automatic partitioning settings. You also cannot configure where the boot loader will be installed.
To start a text mode installation, boot the installation with the [option]#inst.text# boot option used either at the boot command line in the boot menu, or in your PXE server configuration. See xref:install/Booting_the_Installation.adoc#chap-booting-the-installation[Booting the Installation] for information about booting and using boot options.
Installing in the Graphical User Interface
The graphical installation interface is the preferred method of manually installing {PRODUCT}. It allows you full control over all available settings, including custom partitioning and advanced storage configuration, and it is also localized to many languages other than English, allowing you to perform the entire installation in a different language. The graphical mode is used by default when you boot the system from local media (a CD, DVD or a USB flash drive).
The sections below discuss each screen available in the installation process. Note that due to the installer's parallel nature, most of the screens do not have to be completed in the order in which they are described here.