Subject: port-sgimips/21293: boot partition too full, cannot install
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: None <email@example.com>
Date: 04/23/2003 20:14:01
>Synopsis: boot partition too full, cannot install
>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!