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Re: Requesting an change in the installer

On Fri, Aug 05, 2005 at 01:24:41PM +0200, Artur Grabowski wrote:
> Nick Holland <nick_(_at_)_holland-consulting_(_dot_)_net> writes:
> > Roger Neth Jr wrote:
> > ...
> > > Did this newbie (me) do this wrong?
> > >
> > > cd /
> > > cp bsd bsd.old
> > > cp bsd.mp bsd
> > > #reboot
> >
> > PERSONALLY, I prefer to call the single processor kernel "bsd.sp",
> > rather than "bsd.old".  "bsd.old" is most commonly the "previous kernel
> > before I tried to build my own and hosed the heck out of everything". :)
> >  But yes, other than the one small detail, this is my prefered way.
> > Altering boot.conf is dangerous.  Art's story isn't the only one I've
> > heard along those lines from developers.
> [a story about some Linux admin deleting /etc/*]

Everybody knows that there are tons of ways to shoot yourself into the
foot. But at least OpenBSD should not help you in doing it.

More and more machines require the bsd.mp kernel, and I think there
should be a hint of how to do the switch. This would prevent
home-brewed solutions and keep the installations consistent.

My recommendation would be:

  - call the single user kernel /bsd.sp
  - add a hard link from /bsd.sp to /bsd
  - add a description to 'man afterboot' for changing the default
    kernel by doing 'rm /bsd && ln /bsd.mp /bsd'

This would give a clean setup for switching the kernel. Also it is
clear that by booting /bsd.sp, you always boot the single processor
kernel, by booting /bsd.mp, you always boot the multi processor
kernel. By booting /bsd you boot the configured kernel.


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