Subject: Re: Press any key to continue...
To: None <>
From: Alex <xela@MIT.EDU>
List: current-users
Date: 04/14/1999 12:16:58
I *might*, possibly, want to see the output generated by an
install that proceeded normally.  But why should I have to see
it interactively, real-time?  (I don't know how many times
I've wandered off after starting an install and been annoyed
to come back --- sometimes the next day --- to the damned 'do
you wan to see the names of files as they're untarred?' prompt.

Why not have sysinst log its output (and for that matter the
user's input) to a file in memory, and copy that file into the
new /var/log/messages when finished?  You'd have access to the
information if you really cared, without having to babysit the
installation.  The trade-off would be that you wouldn't have a
convenient way to bail from an install that was proceeding
sucessfully but where you'd decided you didn't like in some
way --- which seems like an entirely fair trade to me.


Carl Alexander
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