new sysinstall

Robert Clark res03db2 at
Sat Aug 23 17:36:50 PDT 2003

Matthew Dillon wrote:

   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.
					Matthew Dillon 
					<dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

If something like "Jail" or the Plex86 stuff or something like lpars 
ever become a part of the OS, it would be cool if step 3 could be used 
to setup an OS image for them.

Also, if the install process could output a log that could be used to 
drive an exact reinstall, that would be nice.


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