Look what a mess I made (was Brilliant and very useful...)

Eric Anderson anderson at centtech.com
Mon Apr 7 12:44:46 PDT 2003

Terry Lambert wrote:
> "Michael W . Lucas" wrote:
>>On Mon, Apr 07, 2003 at 11:08:05AM -0500, Eric Anderson wrote:
>>>Now, all I need is to figure out how to tweak sysinstall and add some
>>>"newbie" features that "do it all".. maybe a committer that knows the
>>>sysinstall gunk will see this..
>>We're all afraid of sysinstall.  Sysinstall has eaten up any number of
>>developers and spit out their steaming bones.
>>Seriously, patches are welcome.  Please.
> Start with the author's "non-negotiable request #6", and realize
> that you have to provide "Boot Magic" and "Partition Magic"
> functionality, for free, and that even "Boot Magic" can't grok
> the NTFS on Windows XP, and you have to add a small (33M) FAT
> partition, which you have to tell it is going to be booted from,
> and then you still need something that can resize and relocate
> an NTFS, like the most recent version of "Partition Magic".
> Now realize that this operation can't be scripted, even if you
> license these tools themselves, from the vendor.
> PS: If people knew enough to be abe to rewrite the NTFS log
> files that they could resize an NTFS, without having to license
> code from Microsoft, don't you think NTFS would be mountable
> R/W in FreeBSD and Linux, without the restriction that you can
> only rewrite the contents of files, without resizin them, and
> without maintaining POSIX timestamps properly?

Huh?  I thought we were talking about adding some functionality to 
sysinstall..  What did I miss?


Eric Anderson	   Systems Administrator      Centaur Technology
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