new sysinstall

Robert Garrett rg70 at
Sat Aug 23 12:17:53 PDT 2003

Matthew Dillon wrote:

> :I'm seeing this as a four stage system.
> :
> :1. Disk Editor (creates slices, and partitions)
> :2. Distribution Selection
> :3. Glorified FTP client
> :4. Configuration Management System
> :
> :Basically we would take a bootable cd, with a fully operable dragonfly
> :installation on it. fire off the disk editor, to create swap, and
> :other partitions and slices. Figure out what we are supposed to install.
> :Then either contact a ftp site with a distro on it, or fire up a local
> :ftpd server, and download the distribution on to our new slices.
> :The configuration Management system is the key to the whole thing.
> :I will try to get my thoughts on it written down in a understandable
> :fashion later this week.
> :
> :Robert Garrett
>     I would like a two-stage process, where everything you list is in the
>     second stage.  The biggest problem with any install occurs when you go
>     through all the work of installing the system onto your disks, reboot,
>     and... nothing happens.  The system doesn't boot or doesn't mount,
>     which means you have to go through the entire process all over again.
>     So the first thing I think an install should do is create a basic
>     slice and partition for /, swap, and /usr, copy the CD into it, and
>     reboot.  And the very first option should be, with appropriate sanity
>     checks, a 'just do it and reboot' option.
> 1. Shell prompt
> 2. Reformat HD, install basic templates, and reboot before completing
> the procedure.
> 3. Scan network for templates, install or query for selection,
> and reboot before completing the procedure.
>     Once rebooted into the HD we can then proceed to do all the
>     time-consuming installation without worrying about having to start
>     over from scratch.
> -Matt
> Matthew Dillon
> <dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
That make sense,  so..

1. edit partitions/slices
2. copy neccessary stuff to fire up second stage
3. reboot into the installer
4. installer checks what distributions and other crap is available.
5. installer presents user with options and user selects
6. we install the whole mess
7. we allow the user to configure everything.


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