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SYSINST(8) NetBSD System Manager's Manual SYSINST(8)
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sysinst -- install or upgrade a NetBSD system
sysinst [-D] [-f definition_file] [-r release]
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.
sysinst is usually not present on a NetBSD system that has been fully
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.
-r release Use release as the release name if it is different
to the one compiled. Currently unused.
A definition file can be used with sysinst to control several aspects of
the installation or upgrade process. Options can be stored within the
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
release REL Release name (also set by -r
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
ftp prefix /MACH/binary/sets Directory to look for sets,
used for all methods of
fetching (i.e., not just
ftp user ftp FTP user for connecting
ftp pass - FTP password
ftp proxy - FTP proxy
nfs host - NFS host for fetching via
nfs dir /bsd/release NFS directory for fetching
cd dev cd0a Name of CD device for
fd dev /dev/fd0a Name of floppy device for
local dev - Other device to be mounted
for fetching files
local fs ffs File system type for local
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
diskname mydisk disktab(5) diskname to use
for target disk
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-
A sysinst command appeared in NetBSD 1.3.
NetBSD 9.3 June 30, 2012 NetBSD 9.3