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Re: install/44925: base install doesn't come with a few things that'd be really really useful
The following reply was made to PR install/44925; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Matthew Mondor <mm_lists%pulsar-zone.net@localhost>
Subject: Re: install/44925: base install doesn't come with a few things
that'd be really really useful
Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 18:46:25 -0400
On Mon, 2 May 2011 10:35:00 +0000 (UTC)
It probably would have been best to address every specific issue via
its own PR.
> o Some way to easily tell what was installed in the initial installation.
> e.g comp.tgz is not installed by default so no cvs to do anything.
I think that installed sets leave a file containing the list of the
installed in /etc/mtree/set.<name>; of course perhaps that eventually
sysinst could see what's installed and show it if used a second time.
That said, you can also use the
tar xzpf <tarball>.tgz -C /
command to install sets outside of sysinst, the one set you should
beware is etc.tgz as it could overwrite existing configuration files.
Make sure to include the p flag so that permissions of the extracted
files be be applied properly.
> o can a default shell be installed which has some tab completion and history
> ? or even stty ^H erase ?
Isn't /bin/sh the default nowadays? That shell does support those
features. A directive equivalent to:
case "$-" in *i*)
set -o emacs; set -o tabcomplete
Should however exist in an interactive-conditional in the .shrc (or the
file specified via ENV). Did the default profile/shrc files miss that
once you made sure the user's shell was /bin/sh (settable via the chsh
Or perhaps that root still set to use /bin/csh? I admit that I don't
install new systems often using sysinst, but I would myself
prefer /bin/sh as default shell including for root.
> o it'd be really useful to have pkgsrc already setup and a one liner that
> said something like 'to install software run this which gives you a list'
If I remember some other people would also like for pkg_add and pkgsrc
support to be available via sysinst, with preset and custom package
lists possible. I'm not sure if a PR exists for this, though.
Thanks for trying NetBSD and for suggesting improvements,
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