Subject: Re: i386 from 1.4.2 to -current - how?
To: Current Users <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/25/2000 22:32:20
On Thu, May 25, 2000 at 10:10:35PM +0300, Jukka Marin wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to start running -current on an i386 box for various reasons.
> The box has 1.4.2 now, no floppy drive.  Can I just copy a -current
> kernel there (where do I get one - is there a recent snapshot somewhere?)
> and then untar the tarballs or is it more complicated this time because
> of the ELF thing?

The following should work:
- copy new kernel and reboot on it, single user
- untar sets

Alternatively you can copy the netbsd.ram.gz on the filesystem and reboot on
it (it's the kernel with the ramdisk, from the floppy image). Then you're
standalone and follow the install procedure but you'll trash your root fs
so without a floppy drive you've only one try :).
You can also use the first method but keep netbsd.ram.gz on the root 
filesystem for recovery.

Manuel Bouyer <>