Request for review/testing: switching the default installer

Nathan Whitehorn nwhitehorn at
Wed Mar 2 16:12:01 UTC 2011

On 03/02/11 10:06, TAKAHASHI Yoshihiro wrote:
> In article<4D6BB5E3.6020408 at>
> Nathan Whitehorn<nwhitehorn at>  writes:
>> BSDinstall has acquired at this point its final form (prior to a
>> future merge with pc-sysinstall), and I believe is ready to replace
>> sysinstall on the 9.0 snapshot ISOs. Barring any objections, I would
>> like to pull this switch 2 weeks from today, on the 14th of March.
>> A patch to the release infrastructure code can be found here (make
>> release must be run with Makefile.bsdinstall using this patch to get
>> non-sysinstall media):
> In Makefile.bsdinstall:
> +cdrom:
> +       echo kernel_options=\"-C\">  ${DISTDIR}/release/boot/loader.conf
> +       sh /usr/src/release/${TARGET}/ -b FreeBSD_Install ${DISTDIR}/release.iso ${DISTDIR}/release
> +       rm ${DISTDIR}/release/boot/loader.conf
> ${TARGET} must be ${TARGET_ARCH} because pc98 and sunv4 don't have
> script.

I was thinking of just copying the i386/ and making the -G 
behavior the default. It seems to me to make more sense to use MACHINE 
than MACHINE_ARCH for this, since pc98 seems to have different 
requirements than i386. We could just copy the sparc64 install script 
for sun4v.
> Do you have a plan to add a floppy support as boot device?  Pc98
> machines which can boot from CD-ROM are very limited.  So we usually
> use FD for boot media to install.

No, I hadn't thought about this. If there aren't any machines you care 
about that don't have a CD drive at all, we could try a 
CD-bootloader-on-a-floppy as a solution. I think a totally floppy based 
install would be very difficult to arrange, however.

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