Subject: Re: unattended cdboot
To: None <>
From: Bernd Ernesti <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/18/2005 08:43:35
On Mon, Jul 18, 2005 at 12:52:38AM +0200, Zafer Aydogan wrote:
> I disagree with your opinion Hubert.

And I disagree with you and agree with Hubert.

> I think its usual to boot to harddisk, if no keys are pressed.

You insert such a CD to install from it, nothing more.

> If I choose to install I will press the apropriate key, or if there is a
> menu, choose the proper menu point.
> Because, let me assume I just installed the base system and do the first
> boot, then I want to boot into the system, and not again into the installer.
> (without removing the Media)

Thats the point when you have to remove the CD.
Maybe we should add something which tells the user to remove all install
media before the reboot proceed.

Another option would be to change the keypress, so it doesn't boot from
the CD if any key was pressed.

[from an older mail of Bang Jun-Young]
> But cdboot doesn't always wait for key like the MS one. Sometimes it is
> smart so it knows when it doesn't have to ask a user if they want to boot 
> from CD: 
>  - if there's no hard disk reported by BIOS, and
>  - if there's no active partition set in the MBR. 

It is missing the check for the NetBSD ID in the MBR.


> Booted from disk, a configuration menu could pop up (package installer), and
> let me install packages, which are installed on the CD / DVD Media - which
> is luckily still in the Computer. 
> This was correctly pointed out from junyoung.
> Cheers, Zafer.
> > --- Ursprüngliche Nachricht ---
> > Von: Hubert Feyrer <>
> > An:, (Bang Jun-Young)
> > Betreff: Re: unattended cdboot
> > Datum: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 16:25:43 +0200 (CEST)
> > 
> > In article <> you wrote:
> > > > I would like it if the keypress was optional, too.
> > > 
> > > I think everybody is already familar with the keypress, isn't he? :-)
> > 
> > No.
> > With the current floppy-emulation mode it boots properly without user 
> > interaction, and so it should with the new way. interaction == bad!
> > 
> > Maybe add some compile-time option or so to force the keypress, but it 
> > should default to off.
> > 
> > 
> >  - Hubert
> >