Subject: Re: A positive comment about 1.3 Sysinst
To: Dave Burgess <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Joel Reicher <email@example.com>
Date: 01/20/1998 12:28:50
Seeing as there's been all this desription about sysinst, I thought I'd
mention something else. I've observed a problem on i386 at least with the
disklabel calculations. I think it's due to the "skipping" of the first
track on the i386 port, but could somebody who's done a standard install
with sysinst please check their disklabel to see if their partitions are
what they thought they were, and are on cylinder boundaries? I believe
they're supposed to be on cylinder boundaries unless you decide to
specify it all in sectors.
BTW, I've already send-PR'd this (4791).
- Joel Reicher
On Mon, 19 Jan 1998, Dave Burgess wrote:
> > [redirected from port-i386 since sysinst is used on other ports]
> > The best thing is if you send a separate PR for each (and every)
> > failure condition that sysinst doesn't handle gracefully, like
> > * trying to remount already-mounted filesystems
> > * not unmounting sysinst-mounted filesystems when an upgrade/install is
> > aborted
> > * not noticing overfull filesystems,
> > etc, etc. Sysinst detects and handles these as best we can, but it's
> > always good to have a list of more things to improve.
> > Thanks on behalf of Phil Nelson (who may not read port-i386) and the
> > rest of us. BTW, I don't know about i386, but on other ports
> > sysinst's menu-driven disklabel editing and sanity checks should make
> > even more of a difference to full INSTALLs than it does with upgrades.
> Three things:
> 1) Thanks for the help and support on getting something that works
> reasonably well. It is an excellent start and something that makes the
> system far easier to install.
> 2) IMHO - We could really stand having sysinst worked as a separate product
> line instead of tying it to a version release for the OS. Now that we
> have a working 1.3, wouldn't it make sense to get sysinst working with
> 1.3 and release a new "version of the week":, updating the program as we go?
> If that was the plan, the obviously this is a "Never Mind".
> 3) I have yet to actually have sysinst work with a SCSI drive and a
> 1542 SCSI card. I've tried two different machine and ended up
> installing both by hand to get them so they could boot. On both,
> sysinst points the boot to the wrong place on the drive for the
> system startup.
> Dave Burgess Network Engineer - Nebraska On-Ramp, Inc.
> *bsd FAQ Maintainer / SysAdmin for the NetBSD system in my spare bedroom
> "Just because something is stupid doesn't mean there isn't someone that
> doesn't want to do it...."