Request for review/testing: switching the default installer

Baptiste Daroussin bapt at
Thu Mar 3 10:47:58 UTC 2011

2011/3/3 Paul Schenkeveld <freebsd at>:
> On Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 09:36:58AM -0600, Nathan Whitehorn wrote:
>> On 02/28/11 09:20, John Baldwin wrote:
>> > On Monday, February 28, 2011 9:49:07 am Nathan Whitehorn wrote:
>> >> There are some changes to the distribution format involved in this
>> >> patch, which are outlined below, and about which I would also appreciate
>> >> feedback:
>> >> - The src tree is not split up into pieces (e.g. ssbin) as with sysinstall
>> > I would at least like to have src split up into two pieces:
>> >
>> > 1) would be equivalent of sbase and ssys of old distributions, so you could
>> > choose to just install kernel sources along with the top-level Makefile bits
>> > to build kernels.  I commonly install this subset on production machines so I
>> > can install a custom kernel in a pinch.
>> >
>> > 2) would be everything else in the source tree.
>> This is a little bit tricky, since it involves inter-distribution
>> dependencies which don't currently exist (e.g. you need sbase for ssys
>> to be useful, and for severythingelse to be useful). I suppose that the
>> top-level Makefile bits are small and could end up in both archives,
>> where one can overwrite the other with the same thing. Would that solve
>> your problem?
>> -Nathan
> Why not put the toplevel Makefiles, README and perhaps COPYRIGHT and
> MAINTAINERS file into base?  This way there are no inter-dependencies
> between src parts, /usr/src will consume only a modest bit of space
> in base but documents wat ont would be able to do is sbase/ssys were
> installed.
> Regards,
> Paul Schenkeveld
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While working on this maybe it would be interesting to now use makefs
instead of mkisofs, making installer generation 100% self hosting.

makefs has recently been updating to a recent version from netbsd and
now support iso9660, I already managed to create bootable livecd with


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