New BSD Installer

Joe Holden lists at
Fri Feb 10 18:23:36 UTC 2012

Joe Holden wrote:
> Guys,
> This should really be reverted to sysinstall until the new installer is 
> at least in a state where it consistently works... the most important 
> part of a new users experience is the installer and the few new installs 
> I have done lately I've just installed 8.2 and upgraded from there as 
> the new installer is terribly buggy.
> Few things:
> - On my installs at least, if there is an unknown ftp connection problem 
> the installer will just bail and say it has been aborted - this 
> consistently happens when is selected
> - there is no method of stepping back through the install
> - If a dhcp lease request times out manual configuration isn't offered
Another one I've just encountered several times:

For some reason the output for setting root password has new lines and 
lots of space between the various bits of text and isn't taking any 
input (see

The lack of installation progress or emergency shell on another terminal 
is also something that I think should be considered - being able to see 
whats going on and getting error output from the commands the installer 
is running is invaluable.

> I realise that a lot of work has gone into it and it's nice and new, but 
> really unless it's finished it shouldn't be the default.
> Thanks,
> J
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