Subject: Re: various changes on INSTALL and iso generation
To: Blair Sadewitz <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: port-amd64
Date: 02/27/2007 21:21:32
On Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 02:51:59PM -0500, Blair Sadewitz wrote:
> The real fix, as Manuel pointed out, is to have sysinst detect things
> like this.  There's a bunch of other stuff it should do, IMHO, but
> doesn't, like conveniently supporting custom-built kernels, saving the
> media options used during installation to ifconfig.if (and allowing
> for network configuration if one doesn't install from the network),
> installing on multiple physical disks, etc., etc.  Given that it's not
> too difficult to do a manual installation in these cases, I can
> understand how sysinst has remained so rudimentary.
> It does do the basic stuff well.
> I do think, though, that we should have a disk/CD image available
> (personally, I'd like something I could write to a USB flash drive)
> with a basic installation on it so one can easily do the tasks
> manually that sysinst doesn't do.  I don't mind extracting sets
> manually, etc., but I would like to be able to download an image with
> a full set of tools that I could use for things like creating LFS
> filesystems, creating ccds, etc.  Being able to install syspkgs and/or
> pkgsrc packages from this imagine also could be useful ...
> Ideas/comments?

This probably could be added as part of distrib/ now that we know how to
build boot cd from here (it could well just be a copy of
$DESTDIR with some custom etc/), but I won't look at this yet.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference