SYSINST(8)              NetBSD System Manager's Manual              SYSINST(8)


NAME
sysinst -- install or upgrade a NetBSD system
SYNOPSIS
sysinst [-D] [-f definition_file]
DESCRIPTION
sysinst is a menu-based program that may be used to install or upgrade a NetBSD system. It is usually invoked automatically when the system is booted from appropriate installation media. The following options are available: -D Switch on debugging. -f definition_file Use definition_file as a file for definitions other than the defaults. See the DEFINITION FILE section for its format.
DEFINITION FILE
A definition file can be used with sysinst to control several aspects of the installation or upgrade process. Options can be stored within the file as option = value pairs. Options include the following, shown with their defaults as well as a description (``REL'' and ``MACH'' are the release and architecture respectively, as determined by the image sysinst is used on): option name default value description machine MACH Machine architecture xfer dir /usr/INSTALL Transfer dir ext dir Extract dir (will usually be set later on) ftp host ftp.NetBSD.org FTP host for fetching files ftp dir pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-REL FTP directory for fetching files ftp prefix /MACH/binary/sets Directory to look for sets, used for all methods of fetching (i.e., not just FTP) ftp user ftp FTP user for connecting ftp pass - FTP password ftp proxy - FTP proxy nfs host - NFS host for fetching via NFS nfs dir /bsd/release NFS directory for fetching files cd dev cd0a Name of CD device for fetching files fd dev /dev/fd0a Name of floppy device for fetching files local dev - Other device to be mounted for fetching files local fs ffs File system type for local device local dir release Directory to look for in the mounted local file system targetroot mount /targetroot Directory to mount target root dir to dist postfix .tgz Suffix of set files to be extracted diskname mydisk disktab(5) diskname to use for target disk
SEE ALSO
release(7), afterboot(8), boot(8), diskless(8) <machine>/INSTALL.* files on CD-ROM installation media .../NetBSD-<rel>/<machine>/INSTALL.* files in NetBSD releases or snap- shots.
HISTORY
A sysinst command appeared in NetBSD 1.3. NetBSD 9.0 March 6, 2020 NetBSD 9.0

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