NetBSD Problem Report #45972

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Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:35:06 +0900 (JST)
From: Izumi Tsutsui <>
Subject: sysinst source sets menu seems confusing
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>Number:         45972
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       sysinst source sets menu seems confusing
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       high
>Responsible:    install-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Feb 10 10:40:00 +0000 2012
>Originator:     Izumi Tsutsui
>Release:        NetBSD 5.99.64
System: NetBSD/hp300 5.99.64 updated around 201202100600Z
Architecture: m68k
Machine: hp300
Support for source set installation was added after 5.x release,
but it seems incomplete and might confuse users.

(1) distribution menu
On "d: Custom installation" in "Select your distribution" menu,
sysinst shows:

The following is the list of distribution sets that will be used.

    Distribution set         Selected
    ------------------------ --------
 a: Kernel (GENERIC)            Yes
 b: Kernel Modules              Yes
 c: Base                        Yes
 d: System (/etc)               Yes
 e: Compiler Tools               No
 f: Games                        No
 g: Online Manual Pages          No
 h: Miscellaneous                No
 i: Test programs                No
 j: Text Processing Tools        No
 k: X11 sets                    None
 l: Source sets                 unkno
>x: Install selected sets

"unkno" at Source sets line seems unintentional.

This doesn't happens on i386, so MD_SET definitions in md.h files
need more tweaks?

(2) install media setup

Even if the "Source sets" are not selected at all,
sysinst still ask "Source set directory".

In FTP or HTTP menu:
 The following are the http site, directory, user, and password that will be
 used.  If "user" is "ftp", then the password is not needed.

>a: Host            
 b: Base directory            pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-5.99.64
 c: Binary set directory      /hp300/binary/sets
 d: Source set directory      /source/sets
 e: User                      ftp
 f: Password
 g: Proxy
 h: Transfer directory        /usr/INSTALL
 i: Delete after install      No
 x: Get Distribution

In NFS menu:
 Enter the nfs host and server directory where the distribution is located.
 Remember, the directory should contain the .tgz files and must be nfs

>a: Host                      
 b: Base directory            /bsd/release
 c: Binary set directory      /hp300/binary/sets
 d: Source set directory      /source/sets
 x: Continue

So users might be confused that unnecessary source sets are selected.
(Note the source sets are not selected by "Full installation")

Boot installer then
 (1) select Custom installation and see menu
 (2) choose FTP or NFS for install media

No idea.

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