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 04:18:58
> > well, unless I'm completely in a different world, /etc/rc checks and
> > mounts / before checking for rc_configured.
> Oops. It probably shouldn't do this.
eh.. Maybe. It makes it much easier to set stuff up if it does
mount / before. Otherwise you'd have to make sure to turn on swap, check
/, mount / and then be able to edit stuff. Everything done before the
rc_configured check is the minimum needed to allow you to configure the
> > 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..)
> Well, for a start, more(1) will probably not be available, if /usr
> is on a separate filesystem.
oops. guess not.
> > 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)....
> What on earth is wrong with `man rc.conf'?
the same thing that's wrong with "more". :)
> All the stuff you're talking about makes sense for a user handbook
> or something like that; it's the thought of keeping said user
> handbook in / that I object to, especially given that in the
> circumstances where the user needs it most, he probably won't have
> easy access to it.
> If there is such a file, it should be included with the install
> system. It's a one-time-use only thing; there's no reason it should
> be cluttering up a production system.
How about a file created/copied by the install program? (Actually
what I was originally thinking of) It would exist on the install
disk if the hard drive wasn't accessible, and on a newly installed system
it would be easy to find if needed. The tar files would not include it,
"make build" wouldn't install it, thus there would be no clutter.