Subject: misc/4789: new installation system (sysinst) shortcomings
To: None <,>
From: Ignatios Souvatzis <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 01/07/1998 17:46:27
>Number:         4789
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       sysinst shortcomings
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    misc-bug-people (Misc Bug People)
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Jan  7 09:05:00 1998
>Originator:     Ignatios Souvatzis
computer science department, university of Bonn, Germany
>Release:        NetBSD-1.3
System: NetBSD 1.3 NetBSD 1.3 (GENERIC) #0: Tue Dec 30 18:26:29 EST 1997 i386

1. navigating in nfs-mounted dirs or on remote ftp directories isn't provided.
   [I suspect, but couldn't test, also navigating on e.g. CD-ROMs.]

2. installing by ftp, as-is, requires LOTS of local disk space. I suggest
   adding installing-by-ftp-unpacking-on-the-fly.

3. Installing X distribs is not really supported (and if it was, some special
   code to select just one, or a few, X servers from the xserver.tgz should
   be provided).

4. i386 special (I guess):
   The compressed install-kernel-with-embedded-install-filesystem should also
   be provided by itself (without the floppy disk image wrapper) so that we
   could just copy it to /, reboot selecting the different name, and upgrade.
   _Having_ to write a floppy, (or, worse for most people: mounting the floppy
   image via the vnd device) isn't very convenient, if you already have a 
   real OS running.

5. i386 special:
   The installation procedure should be able to ask the user for a keyboard
   layout specification, and use it (both itself and the later installed 
   system, at least in text console mode).

	Install NetBSD-1.3 on a Pentium machine with german layout keyboard.
Hm. "use the generic miniroot as NetBSD/Amiga.. which has most of the above
implemented." :-)