DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2003-09
Re: new sysinstall
At 7:25 PM +0000 9/2/03, Tobias Weingartner wrote:
Matthew Dillon 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. ...
This is a good thing...
> * Split a normal installation into two stages.
> Stage 1 is responsible for [...] and reboots.
> Stage 2 is responsible for [...]
I like this idea. Especially the automated one... but if it
requires a reboot after stage 1, it defeats the purpose... As
then I have to go fiddle with the bios 3 times for each machine
in order to get a lab full of computers up.
1) Enable CD-ROM & CD-ROM boot
2) Boot CD-ROM
3) Disable CD-ROM boot
4) Boot disk/install
5) Disable CD-ROM
Note that list is what you may have to do. My list is considerably
different, due to our hardware and our requirements. I think it's
a bit of an exaggeration to claim that extra reboot will defeat the
purpose of everything else. And even with your list, I don't see
why you do step 3 as step 3, instead of just waiting until step 5
to disable both things. Probably your hardware is just different
than the hardware I'm used to. If you're doing a lab, I suspect
you'd want to set up some server to handle all the stage 2
processing, so you could remove the CD after step #2 in your list.
In any case, I strongly hope that:
1) dragonfly would also support some sort of net install,
which avoids most of this issue.
2) if you do boot up off the dragonfly CD, you will first
see a prompt which allows you to switch the booting
process from the CD to the just-installed hard disk.
Me, I'd rather boot up directly from the hard disk just
to make sure step #1 went OK, but if someone did boot
up off the CD then they could still switch to the hard
disk without having to reboot yet-again.
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