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Re: new sysinstall

From: Sander Vesik <sander@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 01 Sep 2003 17:16:58 GMT
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Matthew Dillon <dillon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>    Summary so far of "How to rewrite sysinstall".
>    * Make CDRom #1 a fully live image, allowing the system to boot into a
>      complete environment.  Include various additional tools on the CDRom,
>      including X.

Good. this also kills the "only character based install" problem
(along many others).

>    * Split a normal installation into two stages.  Stage 1 is responsible 
>      for FDISK and basic partitioning (/, swap, and /usr), and simply copies
>      the CDRom to the hard drive and reboots.  Stage 2 is responsible for

This will make the minimal root partition (assuming almost everything is 
mounted from other partitions) rather large?

>      the more sophisticated aspects of the installation.  Both stages
>      will use the same scripts, languages, & utilities and such to do
>      their work since both the CDRom boot and the HD boot will have a full
>      environment to play in.

As both stage 1 and stage 2 run in a "normal" environment, say using vinum
for any number of partitions should be easy, right? Having to deal with 
DOS style partitions is increasingly more painful.

>    * There are issues with having multiple versions installed... a
>      'system' version installed by the CD which is often older then
>      the current release version that you might need in production.

Having a system version installed in itself is not a problem - provided 
it is not located in /usr/bin or similar but a special path and be used
by only system components. 

>                                                -Matt


+++ Out of cheese error +++

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