Subject: install/8324: install problems with NetBSD-1.4.1/sparc
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List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 09/05/1999 01:50:51
>Number:         8324
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       install needs attention on the sparc port
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    install-manager (NetBSD system installation bug manager)
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sun Sep  5 01:50:00 1999
>Originator:     Darren Reed
>Release:        NetBSD-1.4.1
System: NetBSD 1.4.1 NetBSD 1.4.1 (GENERIC) #0


I went through installation of NetBSD/1.4.1 on sparc today...install
could be improved in some of the following areas:

- non-verbose extraction of .tgz files (this slows down the whole machine
  when done on the console);

- better prompting for options - it isn't exactly intuitive that you need
  to enter "all" to install all of the .tgz's;

- if given a mount point for a distribution (i.e. NFS/CDROM install), it
  should search for .tgz's in <mountpoint>/sparc/binary/sets/ before
  asking for the directory (other ports should do the same too);

- when prompting for extra partitions to add mountpoints after it tells
  you sd0a is /, it isn't exactly obvious what the correct response is;

- when responding "yes" to the edit prompts, something on "how to quit"
  should also be returned - I'm not 100% familiar with ed and I'm not
  sure that a lot of people are these days, although they may know Sun-
  sparc gear quite well.