cvs commit: src/release Makefile

Brooks Davis brooks at
Mon Sep 20 09:32:14 PDT 2004

On Mon, Sep 20, 2004 at 02:35:04AM -0700, Alfred Perlstein wrote:
> * Brooks Davis <brooks at> [040920 00:06] wrote:
> > brooks      2004-09-20 07:06:57 UTC
> > 
> >   FreeBSD src repository
> > 
> >   Modified files:        (Branch: RELENG_5)
> >     release              Makefile 
> >   Log:
> >   MFC revs 1.860 and 1.861:
> >   
> >   Add 'hint.atkbd.0.flags="0x1"' back to /boot/device.hints on the
> >   install media on i386 and amd64.  While the current default is very
> >   useful in server environments, the ability to use USB keyboards is
> >   vastly more important then the ability to use PS/2 keyboards the admin
> >   forgot to plug in during the install process.
> >   
> >   Approved by:    re (scottl)
> >   PR:             kern/71443 kern/71568 (probably others)
> This is bullshit.  Please do not break PS/2 because of USB.
> Please fix USB to attach instead.

As others have pointed out, this only affects the install media.

Yes, it means that if you want to install with a PS/2 keyboard you need
to have it plugged in at boot, but that's very rare problem relative
systems with only USB keyboards.  The only situation I can think of
where plugging the keyboard in and rebooting isn't an acceptable
workaround is installing large numbers of machines.  In that case
building custom install media isn't all that hard.

I realize this is a hack and that at the end of the day it's wrong, but
the default is wrong too.  I've got a workaround in place in multiuser
via devd, but this late in the release cycle, I believe that what we've
got is a good as we are likely to get.  That's unfortunate, but
sometimes that how it goes.

-- Brooks

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