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Date:      Sat, 14 Sep 1996 12:09:15 -0700
From:      "G.R.Gircys" <rich@oester.com>
To:        dwhite@resnet.uoregon.edu
Cc:        freebsd-install@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Creating custom install floppy
Message-ID:  <323B02DB.5FD9@oester.com>
References:  <Pine.BSI.3.94.960913182236.224I-100000@gdi.uoregon.edu>

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Doug White wrote:
> 
> On Thu, 12 Sep 1996, Raul Zighelboim wrote:
> 
> > - How do I do it ?  (i.e. create custom install floppy) -- Or -- is this documnted anywere ?
> 
> Yup, it's hidden away in the Handbook, section 10.5.9.5, "Before the
> disaster".
> 
Seen this question many times before, and I am going to put my two bits
in hoping
to bridge a large reality gap that FreeBSD effort seems unaware of.

If you know UNIX, the answers are all there - primarily makefiles. If a
user asks that
question, I can't imagine that the information in section 10.5.9.5 is of
any use ( and upon
checking that section, I can imagine user is quite frustrated.)

I've made custom FreeBSD systems; install floppies, etc., and will say
that portion of
FreeBSD is a real neat and lovely piece of work - but not for faint of
heart.

I was going to document the process (and indeed started) - I have not
finished the documentation
and probably will not. Reason: don't have the time to do this effort
justice which means
a document that answers more questions than it creates. If a user asks
that question, a cookbook
answer would look like cryptic jibberish, and actually be more of an
invitation in creating
incredible side effect problems.

So, IMHO, the answer is NO - FreeBSD custom floppy creation process is
not documented (other
than the source, e.g. makefile, etc).

have fun,

rich



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