Subject: Re: install/30422: sysinst overrides default boot countdown timeout
To: None <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 06/04/2005 18:15:33
David Laight <> writes:
> On Sat, Jun 04, 2005 at 05:16:01AM +0000, wrote:
>> >Synopsis:       sysinst overrides default boot countdown timeout on i386
>> The default bootblocks for i386 use, and have always used, a countdown
>> timeout of 5 seconds (see sys/arch/i386/stand/lib/boot_params.S, and
>> before that PROMPTWAIT in sys/arch/i386/boot/boot.c).
>> However, sysinst in NetBSD 2.0 and later uses custom code in
>> distrib/utils/sysinst/arch/i386/md.c:md_post_newfs() to install the
>> bootblocks, under the dubious comment of:
>> 	/* Copy bootstrap in by hand - /sbin/installboot explodes ramdisks */
> I'm fairly sure that I copied the default used by the previous version
> of sysinst....
> In any case just hit <enter> to kill the timeout.

I think that we should change the default to 5, as suggested by the
bug submitter. "Least surprise."