Subject: port-sgimips/21293: boot partition too full, cannot install
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List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 04/23/2003 20:14:01
>Number:         21293
>Category:       port-sgimips
>Synopsis:       boot partition too full, cannot install
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    port-sgimips-maintainer
>State:          open
>Class:          support
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Apr 23 20:15:04 UTC 2003
>Originator:     Doug McLean
>Release:        NetBSD-1.6 current as of April 2003
SGI MIPS IP22, R4600
While NetBSD's sysinit was trying to format the partitions, it tried to run /usr/mdec/sgivol -f -w /usr/mdec/boot boot /dev/sd0, but showed an error saying something like:

sgivol is 500000 bytes
no space left

This seems to only happen with used SGI Hard drives that ran IRIX on them.  According to the port-sgimips developer, IRIX crams the boot partition with a lot of data, so there's no room left for anything else.
From the sysinit installation menu, I went into the shell and ran this command:

/usr/mdec/sgivol -d /dev/sd0

This cleared out the boot partition and the installation proceeded normally!