NetBSD Problem Report #17593

Received: (qmail 21685 invoked by uid 605); 14 Jul 2002 02:09:26 -0000
Message-Id: <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 19:09:33 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: suggestions to improve sysinst wrt disk handling
X-Send-Pr-Version: www-1.0

>Number:         17593
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       suggestions to improve sysinst wrt disk handling
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    install-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sun Jul 14 02:10:00 +0000 2002
>Last-Modified:  Mon Oct 20 03:40:01 +0000 2008
>Originator:     michael wolfson
>Release:        1.6_BETA4
When providing a list of disks found, it would help immensely if sysinst printed the drive's description of itself (e.g. wd0 at wdc0 channel 0 drive 0: <IBM-IC25N040ATCS04-0> 38154 MB).  This way the user can be positive they're installing onto the drive they want since the kernel messages may scroll by too fast.

Additionally, it'd be nice if there were a format option for platforms that support low level formatting using the scsictl format command.


From: "Brian A. Seklecki" <>
Subject: re: install/17593 suggestions to improve sysinst wrt disk handling
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 23:39:40 -0400 (EDT)

 I agree with #1

 As for #2 -- that would have been a great featre to add in 2002!

   - Almost all pure non-RAID SCSI HBAs are off the market (at least in
   - Everything is SAS now, and logical volumes w/o camcontrol format
     support are presented (e.g., mfi(4) and amr(4))
   - This could have been implented as an NT-like "Quick format" and "Full
   - Some might argue that media testing isn't the role of sysinst, maybe
     under a utilities menu (is camcontrol(8) in the minirootfs?)
   - ATA/IDE lacks a similar low-level function.

 How about this instead:

    In #1, when you present the drive details (geometry/etc), also read the
    S.M.A.R.T. status, if supported.

     - If SMART isn't available, read whatever meta-data the controller
       provides (We don't have megacli(8)/megarc(8) support, but the
       controller has a "healthly/degrated" flag, at least in these drivers.

  	-lava (Brian A. Seklecki - Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

      "Guilty? Yeah. But he knows it. I mean, you're guilty.
      You just don't know it. So who's really in jail?"
      ~Maynard James Keenan


NetBSD Home
NetBSD PR Database Search

(Contact us) $NetBSD: query-full-pr,v 1.39 2013/11/01 18:47:49 spz Exp $
$NetBSD:,v 1.8 2006/05/07 09:23:38 tsutsui Exp $
Copyright © 1994-2007 The NetBSD Foundation, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.