Hi Riaan,
Thanks a lot for your explanation, it's been very usefull to me, really.

I've been looking about Freesbie, but it seems abandoned.... and on their mailing list there is no post since a couple of months.

PfSense, which I use here, uses bsdInstaller but it's last "new" is from Aug 02 2005, so, it seems abandoned also.

More of the same with the "livecd" port... the scripts are not up to date with current FreeBSD releases.

I'll give a sigth to nanoBSD., but for the moment it seems that where I can get more support/documentation is with sysinstall and standard FreeBSD tools.


Another question:

Suppose I create my own install.cfg for sysinstall and then I do a "make release".If my sysinstall contains a couple of freeBSD packages (bash, python, etc..) plus a custom package created by me.. How must I instruct "make release" to include just those packages in the final CDROM?


Thanks a lot.


Riaan Kruger escribió:
Sysinstall has a configuration file with wich you can specify several
options, see man sysinstall(8) for more details.  When making a
release you set the sysinstalls configuration file with the
LOCAL_PATCHES option to patch it to the chroot environment release
build environment.

We use it to create a automatic install for a host that we know
exactly how the disks will be partitioned, what packages are installed
what users etc.

Here is an snippet of our patch file, (please note I have changed some
of the names to protect the guilty :) )

--- /dev/null Sat Jan 26 17:11:01 2008
+++ release/install.cfg Sat Jan 26 17:17:46 2008
@@ -0,0 +1,31 @@
+debug=yes
+
+nonInteractive=yes
+hostname=a.b.c
+domainname=b.c
+
+mediaSetCDROM
+
+distSetMinimum
+
+disk=ar0


etc, etc

Hope this helps.

PS. You could also look at what nanobsd and I think pfsense does. I
think they use a different approach.  I have heard sysinstall should
have been "killed" a long time ago but it still works well for us.


Riaan

On 8/13/08, Matias Surdi <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Hi again,

Suppose I build my own FreeBSD based distro, as described in release(7).
How can I script sysinstall or replace it with another installer to
customize the installation process?


Thanks a lot.

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