sysinstall bashing

Christopher Raven c.raven at
Sat Feb 23 15:25:36 GMT 2002

Not really your answer, but if you have bandwidth to download I always find 
a local mirror of an FTP site is a good solution. Nothing better than 
installing FreeBSD at full Duplex LAN speeds ... looks nice to the boss too :)

Chris R.

PS on a more serious note I have to agree that an 'intelligent' CD swapper 
is perhaps a little overdue, SuSE have a very good one and thats been 
around for a couple of years or more ... perhaps we should just 
beg/borrow/steal that one ;)

At 15:19 23/02/02 +0000, you wrote:
>Having downloaded and created all of the 4.5 discs I am staggered
>to learn that in order to install packages with sysinstall you have to
>know which one has the package you want before starting
>sysinstall. I don't know what happens if there are dependancies for
>something on other CDs.
>Shouldn't sysinstall present a complete list of 4.5 packages, know
>what's where on disc1/disc3/disc4, prompt for them intelligently
>while trying to minimise media changes ? It might be nice if this
>intelligence was built into pkg_add so I could do
>pkg_add --i-have-all-the-cds something
>pkg_add --i-have-just-cd1-fall-back-to-a-uk-ftp-server something
>Am I missing something ?
>In the meantime I guess I need to grab the list of each and keep
>them handy. Or just collect the packages I might want for an install
>soon on another CD.
>So maybe using an ftp site is easier after all given the bandwidth.
>Would it be too much to ask that sysinstall remembers that I like
>to use maybe-passive ftp to ftp<n> or do I need to write a
>sysinstall script to achieve that ?
>I am aware of the PKG_PATH environment variable and that
>sysinstall has a script thing.
>         Jon
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