Subject: random installation notes
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Perry E. Metzger <email@example.com>
Date: 11/07/1994 18:53:32
Having just installed a couple of machines...
1) Either the Extract utility/function is rather broken or, rather,
that the documentation on how to load in installation files is
somewhat broken. Extract assumes that /usr/distrib includes the
things to extract directly, and not in a subdirectory. This is
probably fine for the floppy install directions. However, the
"how to make a tape" instructions say...
cd .../NetBSD-1.0 # the top of the tree
tar cf <tape_device> base10 etc10
which means that given the Load_tape utility you will wind up with
the files in subdirectories. (floppy installs won't have this
problem) The NFS installation instructions are similarly ambiguous.
2) Following an Extract, when you reboot you inevitably end up with
fsck crud on the machine. I'm worried that there is a bug in unlink
being tickled by the --unlink option to tar or some such.
3) The YP manpage lies -- it says that /etc/netstart starts yp -- rc
starts it. (minor nit.) There is no code in rc to set the yp domain
name if you are using yp. (major nit.)