Subject: Re: sysinstall "local" tarball
To: Michael Graff <>
From: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
List: tech-install
Date: 09/17/1998 20:20:31
    Date:        17 Sep 1998 01:12:43 -0700
    From:        Michael Graff <>
    Message-ID:  <>

    Ideally, dropping a NetBSD CDROM into a drive, turning on the power,
    and waiting should be supported.  That is, no human intervention, if
    the site has enough local file/ magic.

I have CDs that do that (almost) for sparc NetBSD - the "almost" is because
I do have to say "boot cdrom" at the monitor (don't want CD boot to be the
normal default, sparcs don't support a list of bootable devices).

After that I just go away, come back later, and there's an xdm login
screen waiting, with the system fully installed, including all my local

But I certainly don't use sysinst to do it, there's no point, sysinst is for
human installation of the system (it's the human interface).   If it is all to
be automated, all that's needed is for the script(s) do do whatever you want
done.  Writing such scripts is really pretty trivial.