Infinite loop in menus in sysinstall

Kris Kennaway kris at
Mon Nov 19 10:09:44 PST 2007

Ben Kaduk wrote:
> On 11/18/07, Kris Kennaway <kris at> wrote:
>> 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.
> Of course -- we don't build packages for beta releases :)

Yes we do, they just go in the usual packages-7-current/ directory.

>> Also giving a way to back out of the loop would be nice, as you say :)
> Actually, it seems that the loop is not quite infinite -- after clicking OK
> a sufficient number of times, I got back to a menu that could actually
> do things.
> These errors appeared when I was attempting to install the ports collection;
> I believe that some X-related ports did not get created (? hard to
> find a good term) through sysinstall, but a quick csup insured that I
> had the entire ports collection available.
> Now, of course, I have to actually build all the ports I use, which
> will be a while --
> Xorg was ~6 hours on my 4 year old P4.

pkg_add -r, portinstall -P etc are expected to continue to work as normal.

> Still, a cancel option would be nice.  Is it worth filing a PR?



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