DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2003-09
Re: new sysinstall
Garance A Drosihn wrote:
> 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.
with the discussed topology it would be very possible to do a net
install via http, complete with configuration, hell all we would have
to do is enable dhcp on the first boot stage, with an option to
contact a installation server to configure it's disks..
reboot and contact the installation server to finish the installation.
and configure it.