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[[!template id=project

title="Add binary pkg install to sysinst"


[Thomas Klausner](

duration="3 months"

sysinst, the NetBSD installation tool, should be able to get NetBSD set up with most packages relevant to the end user during the installation step, to make it possible to get a usable system during the initial setup.
The packages might be simple packages like screen or bigger ones like firefox.
Configuration of the packages is not required to happen in sysinst.

A short overview of the steps involved:

* Improve sysinst so it can list a pkgsummary.gz file on the install media and offer to install a subset of them. There should be a chooser included in sysinst where the user can select the packages they want to install.

* There should be some pre-defined sets included with sysinst that define the necessary packages for a Gnome or KDE desktop, so the user just chooses them (possibly just by adding appropriate meta packages to pkgsrc).

* Support fetching a pkgsummary file from a remote host (usually with useful default PATH for architecture/release, but overridable) and offer installations of packages from there as well.

For bonus points (just as last step when the rest works):
* Come up with lists of packages for amd64 to fill a CD or DVD (including the NetBSD base system)

[[!tag gsoc]]

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