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Re: Automated install (again)

On Wed, Sep 05, 2012 at 06:34:24PM +0200, Roger Pau Monne wrote:
> Hello,
> I saw there was a post about having something similar to Debian FAI on
> NetBSD, and I'm really interested in that feature. I will explain a
> little bit the reason why this feature would be useful in my case.
> The project has a test system, to assure that each change
> committed doesn't break anything. The test system performs automatic
> installs of several Linux distributions on bare metal, and tests Xen on
> them. Since the number of physical machines is probably lower than the
> number of OSes to test, and we always want to perform a clean install
> before we start testing, the hosts are installed automatically and
> without user interaction (usually by passing a file that contains the
> answers to the questions asked by the installer).
> Adding NetBSD to this test system will help finding bugs much more
> faster, and prevent newer features from breaking NetBSD support.
> So, to get to the point, is there any chance to have such a feature
> added to sysinst?
> I've done a quick look at the code, and it seems it won't be really
> difficult to load a file and fill all the necessary global variables
> from there, after having all the necessary information it's just a
> matter of calling all the functions, md_pre_disklabel, write_disklabel,
> and so on... Maybe someone more familiar with sysinst has a better
> option about that.

I think you can use anita for that (
It's python so I guess it can rum from linux as well.

I use it to produce this:

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

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