Subject: Re: How should I configure NetBSD?
To: Frank Dana <>
From: Geert Uytterhoeven <>
List: amiga
Date: 10/27/1995 10:07:44
Frank R. Dana Jr. wrote:
> With Shakespearian flourish, David Hopper writes:
> > > 
> > > I'm a bit curious as to how others handle the amigados kernel situation. 
> > > When I do kernel recompiles, sometimes the new kernel is different enough
> > > such that cat newkernel >/dev/reload no longer works.  Should I need to
> > > format an old style BSD partition to keep both sides consistent? 
> > 
> > I still don't trust adosfs for writing.  I'm lucky, though, to have a
> > second machine on a LAN.  I send the new kernel from NetBSD, then reboot
> > the Amiga, FTP the kernel to AmigaDOS, and loadbsd the thing.  I really don't
> > know how someone would manage without a second machine, unless 1) adosfs is
> > now writable (safely!) under NetBSD, or 2) dd if=/newkernel of=/dev/fd0a
> > under NetBSD, and then under AmigaDOS, 'dd if=RAW: of=DH1:newkernel' with 
> > rawdevice.handler installed.  Pretty tricky.  I wonder if I even got _that_
> > to work.
> 3) What I Do(tm).  8)
> I don't, personally, trust any of the cross-platform file systems for
> writing--but they read just fine. What I did was format my NetBSD drive
> with a 5mb AmigaDOS partition, BOOT: Boot contains a couple of kernels,
> loadbsd, a startup-sequence that does 'loadbsd -a netbsd-xxxxxx', and
> BFFS. BOOT: is also the highest-priority bootable drive on my system. That
> way, it really does 'autoboot' into NetBSD, and whenever I do a kernel
> rebuild, all I need to do is make it /netbsd, halt, disable the startup-
> sequence, copy it off my root partition with bffs, and loadbsd it. Works
> pretty well, it's all automatic, and everything's interruptible (thanks
> to 2.04's boot menu) so I can always take control back when I need to
> change things.

I think it's time for a NetBSD loader like amiga-lilo (amiga-LInux-LOader)...



Geert Uytterhoeven           
Wavelets, Linux/68k on Amiga 
Department of Computer Science -- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven -- Belgium