Subject: Re: Some questions
To: Matthias Buelow <>
From: Tim Rightnour <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 06/01/2001 09:04:03
On 31-May-01 Matthias Buelow wrote:
>  If sushi is something
> like sam (hpux) or smit (aix) with fully dynamically configurable
> menu structures, then it can only be better than FreeBSD's sysinstall.

Actually.. sushi was modelled after SMIT.  The menus are fully programmable by
the user, and don't require recompiling or anything to fiddle with.  It's not
intended as an installer.. it's a tool to be used once the system is up, for
things like post-installation config, and general maintenance.

As for the configurable menus..  It's all done with simple form files, that
tell sushi what the menu looks like, and scripts which do all the actual work. 
Anyone who can write a shell script to do a task, can wedge it into a sushi
menu with a minimum of learning (and make it immediately available to the
users, or himself, or whatever)

For the paranoid out there..  It doesn't *replace* anything.  You can live your
entire life in NetBSDland without ever touching sushi, and not miss out.  It's
meant to make some things easier on people.  It also tries pretty hard to be
compatible with manual changes..  but it's not 100% perfect.

Tim Rightnour <>
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