man sysinstall

Ceri Davies ceri at
Thu Feb 1 22:47:47 UTC 2007

On Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 03:49:39PM +1100, Antony Mawer wrote:
> On 31/01/2007 3:05 PM, Jared Barneck wrote:
> ...
> >I found the answer for how to reboot in the code.  To
> >reboot add the following to the end of the
> >install.cfg:
> >
> >shutdown
> >
> >I found it in this source file:
> >/usr/src/usr.sbin/sysinstall/dispatch.c
> >
> >This source file has a list of a lot of the functions
> >that can be called in the install.cfg. Even though the
> >function is called "shutdown" it is a reboot not a
> >shutdown, which is perfect because I wanted it to
> >reboot.
> I have a local patch that we use on our installation process that adds a 
> couple of new commands:
>     poweroff - shutdown and power off the machine (useful for doing
>                 installation, then shut down for shipping)
>     poweroffNoRC - as above, but don't attempt to write rc.conf
>     shutdownNoRC - like regular "shutdown" (reboot), but no rc.conf
> The latter two options are handy if you write your own scripts that 
> generate rc.conf, as normally sysinstall tries to write rc.conf itself 
> on shutdown, which clobbers any existing file your scripts may create.
> If anyone is interested and/or these are likely candidates for inclusion 
> then I can submit a PR to have someone check these in. I also have a man 
> page update that documents the above functions.

Antony, please do.


That must be wonderful!  I don't understand it at all.
                                                  -- Moliere
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