Subject: Re: Something to shoot for someday...
To: Chris G. Demetriou <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
Date: 07/02/1999 00:12:39
>Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU> writes:
>> Last: my impression is that most of the actual problems with sysinst
>> are due to the x86 MBR handling. Lest some people forget,
>> most of the feedback on 1.3/pmax was along the lines of:
On the design or on the feedback? If its about the feedback, then you
really need to check the archives.
On the design: point taken. s/actual/chronic/.
>Go look again through some of the remaining sysinst PRs, and the ones
>I recently fixed. There are plenty of things which have nothing to do
>with i386 MBR handling.
Can't, or I would have checked before posting. Our websever is
`having problems', remember?
>There are scores of problems in the disk partitioning code (non-MBR; I
>_never_ do special MBR setups but i've run into N problems with the
>partitioning code), in the display/menu code, in the install media
>selection code. Some of them may not be bugs, i.e. the code as
>designed and written is functional, but badly misdesigned.
PR them by the score, then. I agree about the disklabelling code:
thats one of the very first things I noticed.
But (as Ive said for ages) one of the big problems with sysinst is
that there's no-one in charge of it. So it accretes random features,
without thorough testing or UI consideration. _That_ is the biggest
problem, and its not one that a rewrite is going to fix in the long term.