Subject: Re: What is 'scripting' in sysinst for?
To: Volker A. Brandt <>
From: James Chacon <>
List: tech-install
Date: 10/06/2003 17:28:00
>Johan Danielsson writes:
>> David Laight <> writes:
>> > I'm not sure this is a useful feature, I can't imagine when you
>> > would ever run the script!
>> I suppose it's for stuff like cloning an installation on many
>> identical machines. This is less of a problem on NetBSD, because of
>> the lack of magic going on during installation time, but it's most
>> useful on other systems.
>One of the things NetBSD sorely needs is a hands-off network
>installation, such as Custom Jumpstart for Solaris.  A sysinst
>script could be a first step (although many other steps are needed,
>such as system packages and many many fixes to the packaging system
>in general).

"Custom Jumpstart" == "write your own stuff from scratch". All Jumpstart
does in this case is call whatever scripts you wrote to do stuff.

What we really need is a nice install framework that does the install via
some form of configuration specification (done this in the past).