New installation script
kob6558 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 5 22:35:20 UTC 2011
I have installed 9-Beta1 using the new installation tool and I am
generally happy with it.
The new dialog cause me to need a few more key-strokes because I was
so used to the
old behavior, but it really is more intuitive and I would not want to
see the old behavior
restored. I'll get used to it soon.
I do have a couple of issues with the new installation tool, though.
1. After completing the partition design I am presented with the
option to "Save" the
partitions. It is not at all cleared that "Save" actually creates the
partitions and newfses
the file systems. I suggest changing "Save" to "Commit" or Execute".
These are far
clearer and more frightening. "Save" sounds too safe, not like you are
about to update
basic disk structure and may be about to make any data on the disk unusable.
2. I was installing 9 into an existing set of partitions. (I
understand that this is NOT
typical.) First the system asks me about adding a partition. Oops! I
selected the only
option that was not clearly wrong, "Cancel". I was not at all sure
that it was what I
wanted, but it was. I have no idea how to improve this and it's
probably not worth
spending much time think about it. But the next step was confusing.
I selected each of the existing partitions that I was going to use and
selected modify to
enter the name of the partition (/, /var, /usr, /tmp). I then quit and
selected the not
scarey "Save". I proceeded, but thought the "Save" was rather fast.
Then the install failed
because the partitions were already populated. I ended up re-booting
and then going
through each partition and deleting it and then selecting the slice
and creating it again.
While not a big deal, it seemed like the Modify to name the partitions
triggered the newfs that was not done.
I think my first point is pretty important. The second is far less so.
The install went pretty well and I am generally very pleased with the
new installer. It's
certainly an improvement over the old one! Thanks to the folks who worked on it.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer - Retired
E-mail: kob6558 at gmail.com
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