svn commit: r225937 - in head: . release release/amd64 release/i386 release/ia64 release/pc98 release/powerpc release/scripts release/sparc64 usr.sbin usr.sbin/sysinstall

Craig Rodrigues rodrigc at
Mon Oct 3 23:32:09 UTC 2011


If pc-sysinstall can be a drop-in replacement for sysinstall in
"SCRIPT SYNTAX" mode, even better.  sysinstall needs to go...
while people do use it, it has a lot of problems that aren't getting fixed,
and it is clear that bsdinstall is the future for FreeBSD installation.

Nathan is doing a good thing by forcing the issue by removing
it....there is too much brokenness in sysinstall that is not getting
fixed, and the sooner we can move to
bsdinstall/pc-sysinstall, the better.

Since the sysinstall removal is happening only in HEAD/10.0, we have
some time to
fix the issues before 10.0 is released.
Craig Rodrigues
rodrigc at

On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 3:17 PM, Garrett Cooper <yanegomi at> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 3:11 PM, Craig Rodrigues <rodrigc at> wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 8:13 AM, Nathan Whitehorn <nwhitehorn at> wrote:
>>> Author: nwhitehorn
>>> Date: Mon Oct  3 15:13:09 2011
>>> New Revision: 225937
>>> URL:
>>> Log:
>>>  Farewall, sysinstall! You served us well for many years, but 10.0 is one
>>>  digit beyond your time.
>> Hi,
>> Wow, finally someone brave enough to put  the stake through the heart
>> of sysinstall. :)
>> In the sysinstall man page, the "SCRIPT SYNTAX" documents how
>> to create a script file which can be passed as an argument to sysinstall
>> so that instead of running in an interactive menu system,
>> installation/configuration commands are run in batch mode.
>> I have seen some places write customized FreeBSD installers
>> use this feature for doing unattended customized installs of FreeBSD.
>> Can bsdinstall be used as a drop-in replacement for
>> sysinstall when run with the "SCRIPT SYNTAX" batch mode?
>> If not, how much code would need to be added to bsdinstall?  Or, is there
>> some other utility, such as something from the PC-BSD suite of scripts,
>> that can be used as a drop-in replacement for sysinstall in "SCRIPT
>> SYNTAX" mode?
> bsdinstall AFAIK isn't designed to do this. pc-sysinstall is a much
> better method to accomplish this task.
> That being said, pc-sysinstall integration is probably coming sometime
> in the next 1-2 years..
> -Garrett

Craig Rodrigues
rodrigc at

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