To: None <tech-pkg@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Herb Peyerl <email@example.com>
Date: 07/15/1998 06:51:32
As we discussed in icb this morning, the idea for super-packages was brought
up and seemed to be regarded as a 'good idea'..
The idea is that there should be some meta-packages that define a collection
of packages, that when put together, end up building a sort of single-function
And point to a post-install document that outlines how to
continue the setup. Maybe even asks who your feeders are,
and so forth. Or even just points to the relevant resources
on how to properly setup a news-server.
NetAtalk bins (these should be in the tree)
And ask you some simple questions like:
what is your workgroup
what filesystems do you want to export.
what printers are on your machine?
what printers do you want to export?
optionally ask if you want the frontpage extensions
Can of worms.
Also, there's the possibility of sending people to the kernel config building
URL, either on www.netbsd.org or locally in pkgsrc or something, perhaps even
seeding it with things that are specific to the class of machine being
created (raised NMBCLUSTERS, NKMEMCLUSTER, etc)... In the future, we might
have some sort of utility that will generate at least a partial config file
based on dmesg from a GENERIC booted machine, add that plus the stuff seeded
by the pkgsrc, and the kernel-build-lab should be able to build a decent
kernel, bring it back, and reboot the machine...