Subject: Re: booting NetBSD - multi OS laptop
To: None <>
From: Pavel Cahyna <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/27/2006 20:38:17
On Mon, Feb 27, 2006 at 07:24:16PM +0000, Glenn Becker wrote:
> Pavel et al -
> >rootnoverify (hd0,4,a)
> >makeactive
> >chainloader +1
> >boot
> OK after lots of experimenting on the GRUB CL I found that the entry below 
> worked for me:
> rootnoverify 	(hd0,7,a)

It has been possible to type rootnoverify (hd0,<TAB> and GRUB would list
the possibilities.

> ... "makeactive" for me produced an Error 12: invalid device request 
> whenever I tried it. Maybe the difference here is that I am using GRUB 
> 0.95, which is what is included with Debian Sarge, rather than the 
> current v 0.97? Hmm.

First of all, if it works without makeactive, you don't need it.

Second, the grub manual says:

... This command is limited to primary PC partitions on a hard disk.

> Am also unclear of the role of the 'a' in the root specification. But it 
> works, and I'm sure there is a document somewhere ...

'a' is the 'a' partition of the NetBSD disklabel.