Subject: Re: install could use some static binaries
To: Jonathan Stone <email@example.com>
From: Chris G Demetriou <Chris_G_Demetriou@ux2.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
Date: 08/07/1996 23:42:05
> >I can't really think of a good reason to put people into an editor in
> >the install process, however...
> Strange, I'd have thought a simple editor, with on-screen instructions
> such as Chris outlines, would be a splendid way for CoolInstall(tm)
> to let the user specify:
> 0) size of each partition
> 1) source of installation sets (ftp server, NFS pathname, local
> pathname, whatever...)
> 2) hostname
> 3) IP address(es) and netmask(s)
> 4) default gateway
> 5) DNS servers
> 6) mail hub, if selected.
I don't really define "a single-line editing field in a curses-based
form" (or similar situations) to be "an editor."
Why do you need to be in a general purpose editor (i.e. emacs, vi, ed)
to do any of those?
You shouldn't, and doing them is more strightforward if you aren't.
("oh damn, i just joined these two lines and converted the tag
to all upper case! what do i do now?!")