"make release" and sysinstall

Riaan Kruger riaank at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 06:08:29 UTC 2008

Sysinstall has a configuration file with wich you can specify several
options, see man sysinstall(8) for more details.  When making a
release you set the sysinstalls configuration file with the
LOCAL_PATCHES option to patch it to the chroot environment release
build environment.

We use it to create a automatic install for a host that we know
exactly how the disks will be partitioned, what packages are installed
what users etc.

Here is an snippet of our patch file, (please note I have changed some
of the names to protect the guilty :) )

--- /dev/null Sat Jan 26 17:11:01 2008
+++ release/install.cfg Sat Jan 26 17:17:46 2008
@@ -0,0 +1,31 @@

etc, etc

Hope this helps.

PS. You could also look at what nanobsd and I think pfsense does. I
think they use a different approach.  I have heard sysinstall should
have been "killed" a long time ago but it still works well for us.


On 8/13/08, Matias Surdi <matiassurdi at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi again,
> Suppose I build my own FreeBSD based distro, as described in release(7).
> How can I script sysinstall or replace it with another installer to
> customize the installation process?
> Thanks a lot.
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