Subject: Re: HELP ON 1.3 BOOT (fwd)
To: Curt Sampson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Eric Haszlakiewicz <haszlaki@UAccess.NET>
Date: 11/17/1997 03:46:50
> > 1. Whatever the setting, booting proceeds until filesystems are checked and
> > mounted read/write.
> You can't do this, because if your /etc/rc.conf isn't configured,
> what's to say your /etc/fstab is configured? That doesn't just
> happen magically; a program has to do it at some point.
well, unless I'm completely in a different world, /etc/rc checks and
mounts / before checking for rc_configured. Of course anything else isn't
mounted (and shouldn't be). However, I think it would be fairly helpful
if the message it printed out was more newuserfriendly. For instance:
echo "/etc/rc.conf is not configured. Multiuser boot aborted."
echo "If you are unsure of what to do now, take a look at"
echo "the /config.help file. (type \"more /config.help\")"
This file could then give some basic instructions on how to set up the
system. (There's a file like that somewhere isn't there? Perhaps not..)
> The initial install program is responsible for setting rc_configured
> to `yes' after it has configured everything else properly.
yippe, but I doubt it will never fail. Even if it does work
it would be nice for new users of netbsd to have a easy to find
(hence /config.help instead of /usr/share/blah/config.help) info file
to explain a couple basic things and point them to where they can find