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Re: install/56384: Exiting and restarting sysinst during installation leaves /targetroot unmounted
The following reply was made to PR install/56384; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Harold Gutch <logix%foobar.franken.de@localhost>
Cc: install-manager%netbsd.org@localhost, gnats-admin%netbsd.org@localhost, netbsd-bugs%netbsd.org@localhost
Subject: Re: install/56384: Exiting and restarting sysinst during installation leaves /targetroot unmounted
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 12:50:03 +0200
On Wed, Sep 01, 2021 at 10:40:01AM +0000, Martin Husemann wrote:
> The following reply was made to PR install/56384; it has been noted by GNATS.
> From: Martin Husemann <martin%duskware.de@localhost>
> To: gnats-bugs%netbsd.org@localhost
> Subject: Re: install/56384: Exiting and restarting sysinst during
> installation leaves /targetroot unmounted
> Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 12:36:02 +0200
> On Wed, Sep 01, 2021 at 10:30:01AM +0000, logix%foobar.franken.de@localhost wrote:
> > 3) at the shell prompt, run "sysinst" again
> > 4) go to "f: Config menu" and select (for example) "o: Add a user"
> > 5) Observe "Command failed" as it tries to mkdir /home/$USERNAME
> That is kindof intended behaviour. You can add users later (in the
> installed system) by running sysinst as you describe above.
Well, intended if you run it later on the running installed system,
> The problem is that in your invocation it does not know if you mean
> the currently running system or the new installed one.
> It could write a hints file to /tmp with settings from the previous
> installation run and ask whether to reuse those on next invocation.
Yes, that was the other idea (in addition to not umounting) that
crossed my mind.
I guess at the least there could be some kind of warning ("/ is
readonly and you don't have anything mounted at /targetroot,
$OPERATIONS will fail"), perhaps also suggesting to mount the
installed system at /targetroot if that's what the user wants to do.
Basically right now sysinst will leave you in a (somewhat) broken
state if you happen to *accidentally* select "x: Exit" (instead of,
e.g., "f" which is directly above).
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