Subject: Re: install/5050
To: None <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 04/03/2003 22:10:05
The following reply was made to PR install/5050; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: David Brownlee <>
To: Julio Merino <>
Subject: Re: install/5050
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 23:13:09 +0000 (UTC)

 On Sun, 9 Mar 2003, Julio Merino wrote:
 > taking a look at this PR again and your suggestions... the user should be
 > able to use the standard "split" command to make his sets, so there are
 > problems with (I) you need to create a "null" file by hand depending on
 > sizes, and (II) to encode the length of sets in the name, you have to know
 > how many chunks it will require, so you have to run split twice.
 > I still think that giving the user the ability to say "hey, that was the
 > last disk of this serie" is the easiest and simplest way to go. Why?
 > 1) The user can split sets in whatever file size he wants. And chunks can
 >    have different sizes (you could, for example, mix 720/1440 disks). But
 >    the most important point here is that you can simply use split(1).
 > 2) Few people will install from floppies, so who cares if it's not that
 >    automatic? ;) Anyway, you created disks by hand, so you know how many
 >    they are for each set.
 	OK. That does make sense. It might be nice to be tolerant of
 	user errors - allowing them to change their mind if they said it
 	was the last set and the gzipped file is short, or if they said
 	there was more but realised they were wrong :)
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