Subject: Re: unattended cdboot
To: David Young <>
From: Bang Jun-Young <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/20/2005 14:27:12
David Young wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 18, 2005 at 12:52:38AM +0200, Zafer Aydogan wrote:
> > I disagree with your opinion Hubert.
> > I think its usual to boot to harddisk, if no keys are pressed.
> > 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)
> > 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.
> Zafer,
> Installation media is not the only application for a CD bootloader.
> Just for example, I will use a CD bootloader to boot unattended routers.
> The routers may or may not have a hard drive.  The hard drive may or
> may not be bootable.  I always want for the routers to boot the CD-ROM.

Now that there's DISABLE_KEYPRESS option, you can enable it in Makefile
for your specific use.

> I think it is a reasonable compromise for all of our needs, if the
> keypress is configurable with, say, an installboot(8) option.

It's not possible to install cdboot to CD-ROM by using installboot
since CD-ROM is read-only media.