Infinite loop in menus in sysinstall

Kris Kennaway kris at
Mon Nov 19 09:37:37 PST 2007

Ben Kaduk wrote:
> Hi all,
> I finally broke down and pulled out the 7.0-beta2 iso for my dell inspiron 8500,
> but when I was at the part of the installation procedure to install the ports
> collection, it comes up with the message:
> Unable to get packages/INDEX file from selected media.
> This may be because the packages collection is not available
> on the distribution media you've chose, most likely an FTP site
> without the packages collection mirrored.  Please verify that
> your media, or your path to the media, is correct and try again.
> [OK]
> It is true that I am installing over ftp from (which
> is only about
> five blocks away in the real world!), and it certainly seems to not have
> a 7-INDEX floating around, but that's not the main issue.
> When I select ``OK'', it seems to try again, and pops up the same message.
> It would be nice to have an option to back up in the menus and change
> something; at the moment, I broke to vt4 and installed the perl5.8 port
> so that I can build my own index file, but I don't know if this will break me
> out of my menu loop.
> No time to investigate and patch at the moment, as I'm trying to
> get the ppc beta iso to boot on the machine I'm typing this on,
> as I said I would test a couple things (I said this several months
> ago, and only rebooted once since then).
> Anyone else see this behavior?

It is expected that betas are not able to find the package sets because 
they are not present in the packages-7.0-release/ directory yet.  Maybe 
sysinstall should be changed to look in packages-7-stable/ until the 
packages are ready late in the release cycle.

Also giving a way to back out of the loop would be nice, as you say :)


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