sysinstall as a post-install tool

Marcel Moolenaar marcel at
Wed Jan 4 00:49:40 UTC 2012

On Jan 3, 2012, at 3:33 PM, Eitan Adler wrote:

> Hi,
> In the the recent sysinstall thread there seems to be general agreement that
> having a post-install configuration tool is a good thing. Until such a
> tool is written I think it would be a good idea to use sysinstall for
> this purpose.  I am willing to do the work to restore sysinstall and
> maintain it as a post-install tool until a new one is written.

I though sade was created for that purpose, because sysinstall was too
much tied to the installation process. If sysinstall comes back, sade
definitely has to go:

r161060 | netchild | 2006-08-07 16:35:49 -0700 (Mon, 07 Aug 2006) | 9 lines

Say welcome to 'sade', the SysAdmins Disk Editor. It's the fdisk and disklabel part
of sysinstall. So sysinstall may retire now, we have the important non-install part
of it covered.

ATM it doesn't understand GEOM stuff (like mirror, stripe, raid, ...), but patches
to change this and to clean it up internally are more than welcome.

Submitted by:   mami at


In general I think it's a bad idea to revive sysinstall. It doesn't
function appropriately on most architectures that FreeBSD supports
and it's definitely the opposite of what we've been working towards
for at least the last 5 years.


Marcel Moolenaar
marcel at

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