[arch-releng] the future of quickinst

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Sun Mar 8 18:00:00 EDT 2009

Dan McGee schrieb:
> On Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM, Dieter Plaetinck <dieter at plaetinck.be> wrote:
>> quickinst:
>> http://projects.archlinux.org/?p=installer.git;a=blob;f=quickinst;h=23e41ccbec63e7527b2006ffc3552b99510862c3;hb=80ca34643e1c3db5ac5bbc856590ae44b559a6a1
>> Is there anyone who actually uses this? If so, can you tell me why?
>> It's stated quickinst is meant for people who want to mkfs/mount their
>> filesystems themselves, okay I understand that. But, as a "consequence"
>> you can only install the base packages, your keyboard/time/.. settings
>> don't go into /mnt/etc/rc.conf automatically, you need to install the
>> bootloader manually (which means having to mount some things yourself,
>> chroot etc.
>> What is the advantage of this over just using the normal installer and
>> skipping the steps you don't want to do?
> Because the normal installer is a manual process. You can't easily do
> a remote install on 30 machines with a dialog-based installer, while
> with quickinst that becomes quite easy.

I never used it, but I imagine that is its purpose.

Dieter, didn't your original AIF design say that you can do automatic 
installations as well? Can you provide a quickinst equivalent based on 
AIF? If so, it can replace quickinst.

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