NetBSD Problem Report #9582

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Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 18:04:09 -0500 (EST)
From: John Hawkinson <>
Subject: sysinst doesn't allow source or pkgsrc installation
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>Number:         9582
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       sysinst doesn't allow source or pkgsrc installation
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    ahoka
>State:          closed
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Mar 08 15:20:59 +0000 2000
>Closed-Date:    Thu Jan 03 22:46:27 +0000 2013
>Last-Modified:  Fri Jan 04 00:00:06 +0000 2013
>Originator:     John Hawkinson
>Release:        1.4.1

System: NetBSD 1.4.1 NetBSD 1.4.1 (ZORKMID) #63: Wed Mar 8 04:52:39 EST 2000 i386

	sysinst does not prompt the user to install either the source
distribution sets or the pkgsrc.tgz file.

	These are both terribly useful components of the operating system
and should be optionally installed at install time, not
at "postinstall" time.

	Of course, any decent open source operating system should make it
easy to get the source on your machine. By default might be
pushing it ;-)



From: Dave Olson <>
Cc:  Subject: install/9582
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 12:49:18 -0800 (PST)

 We've been working on some similar issues for our installs, and
 have been thinking along the lines of scripts that run after the
 install (and probably the ability to have one that runs before
 anything is installed as well, if present).

 To really do the pkg installs right, you need to chroot to the
 installed root, or some pathnames wind up wrong.  To pass along
 packages known on the CD, and/or other special installs dirs, we
 have a simple script that we copy over to the root, chroot, and
 invoke the script.  While somewhat inelegant, something along this
 line seems like the right approach.

 In any case, if anybody else is working on this, I'd like to talk
 to them, to see if we can come up with something clean, but general.

 Dave Olson
 A job worth doing ... (work) (personal)
Responsible-Changed-From-To: install-manager->ahoka
Responsible-Changed-When: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 01:19:22 +0000
Im working on something like this.

From: Andreas Gustafsson <>
Subject: Re: install/9582: sysinst doesn't allow source or pkgsrc installation
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:14:00 +0200

 Half of this PR is now fixed, as sysinst now supports installing the
 source sets.  There is still no support for installing pkgsrc.
 Andreas Gustafsson,

From: Jeff Rizzo <>
Subject: Re: PR/9582
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:35:02 -0700

 The second half of this is now in -current sysinst as well, and will be 
 pulled up before the NetBSD 6.0 release.  It's not a perfect solution, 
 but it works.

State-Changed-From-To: open->closed
State-Changed-When: Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:46:27 +0000

From: John Hawkinson <jhawk@MIT.EDU>
Subject: Re: install/9582 (sysinst doesn't allow source or pkgsrc
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:55:32 -0500

 It only took a dozen years. Thanks.



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