Subject: port-sparc/21403: boot(8) on sparc manual page bugs
To: None <>
From: Martin Husemann <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 04/30/2003 14:30:31
>Number:         21403
>Category:       port-sparc
>Synopsis:       boot(8) on sparc manual page bugs
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    port-sparc-maintainer
>State:          open
>Class:          doc-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Apr 30 12:31:00 UTC 2003
>Originator:     Martin Husemann
>Release:        NetBSD 1.6R
System: NetBSD 1.6R NetBSD 1.6R (BEASTY) #0: Tue Apr 29 17:15:27 CEST 2003 i386
Architecture: i386
Machine: i386

The boot(8) manual page for sparc claims:

   Cold starts
     The NetBSD boot netbsd from partition a of the boot device, which must
     currently be an ``sd'' disk.

I'm pretty sure my sparc station 2 boots from network, so this can not be
true ;-)

I have no idea about the varieties of (old) sparc boot proms, boot methods
they support and their environment variable settings, and I didn't recognize
some things in this man page - so I bailed out and filed this PR instead
of changing the man page myself.

run "man boot" on a NetBSD/sparc system.

borrow some text from the sparc64 page (which is a clone of the sparc manual
page), and check against reality on sparc?