Subject: install/25235: improper boot block installation on 2.0beta
To: None <gnats-bugs@gnats.NetBSD.org>
From: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/18/2004 23:34:28
>Synopsis: when doing a full-disk install, some boot block isn't being installed
>Arrival-Date: Mon Apr 19 03:35:01 UTC 2004
>Originator: Steven M. Bellovin
>Release: NetBSD 2.0_BETA
System: NetBSD chadash.machshav.com 2.0_BETA NetBSD 2.0_BETA (CHADASH) #0: Sun Apr 18 20:49:33 EDT 2004 email@example.com:/usr/src/sys/arch/i386/compile/CHADASH i386
When doing a new installation and specifying "NetBSD uses the
whole disk", some boot block is not being installed. I'm not
certain which; I did see /boot on the drive. As a possible clue:
the first time I tried this, the disk had had Linux installed;
I got a GRUB prompt, but couldn't make it do anything past that.
When I copied /dev/zero to the beginning of the disk and retried
the installation, I got nothing at boot time.
I ran 'installboot' and 'fdisk'; one or both fixed the problem.
18 April 2004