Subject: port-sparc/25394: 1.6.x floppy install broken
To: None <>
From: Hauke Fath <hauke@Espresso.Rhein-Neckar.DE>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 04/29/2004 20:22:34
>Number:         25394
>Category:       port-sparc
>Synopsis:       1.6.x floppy install broken
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       high
>Responsible:    port-sparc-maintainer
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Thu Apr 29 18:58:00 UTC 2004
>Originator:     Hauke Fath <hauke@Espresso.Rhein-Neckar.DE>
>Release:        NetBSD 1.6.2_STABLE
System: NetBSD 1.6.2_STABLE (INSTALL) #0: Tue Mar  9 08:37:23 UTC 2004
Architecture: sparc
Machine: sparc ( sparcstation 2)


For more than a year now, installation of NetBSD/sparc 1.6 from floppy
disks appears to be broken. In early 2003, I reported

...and the latest sparc snapshot 

ftp> pwd
257 "/pub/NetBSD-daily/netbsd-1-6/200403080000/sparc/installation/floppy" is the current directory.
ftp> ls
229 Entering Extended Passive Mode (|||53331|)
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for '/bin/ls'.
total 4464
-rw-r--r--  1 610  125       36 Mar  9 08:43 BSDSUM
-rw-r--r--  1 610  125       52 Mar  9 08:43 CKSUM
-rw-r--r--  1 610  125       97 Mar  9 08:43 MD5
-rw-r--r--  1 610  125       37 Mar  9 08:43 SYSVSUM
-r--r--r--  1 610  125   872468 Mar  9 08:43 disk1.gz
-r--r--r--  1 610  125  1352067 Mar  9 08:43 disk2
226 Transfer complete.

(note the file sizes) from the netbsd-1-6 branch gives me


Welcome to the NetBSD/sparc microroot setup utility.

We've just completed the first stage of a two-stage procedure to load a
fully functional NetBSD installation environment on your machine.  In the
second stage which is to follow now, a set of additional installation
utilities must be load from your NetBSD/sparc installation medium.

This procedure supports one of the following media:

1) cdrom
2) tape
3) floppy

Installation medium to load the additional utilities from: 3

Ejecting floppy disk
fd0c: hard error reading fsbn 0
fd0: controller status: state 7 (st0 40<abnrml> st1 1<no_am> st2 0 cyl 0 head 0
sec 1)
Remove the boot disk from the floppy station and insert the second disk of
the floppy installation set into the disk drive.

The question below allows you to specify the device name of the floppy
drive.  Usually, the default device will do just fine.
Floppy device to load the installation utilities from [/dev/rfd0a]:
Extracting installation utilities...
tar: Invalid header, starting valid header search.
gzip: failed gzclose: Undefined error: 0
tar: End of archive volume 1 reached

ATTENTION! tar archive volume change required.
Ready for archive volume: 2
Input archive name or "." to quit tar.
Archive name >

Create 1.6.x sparc boot floppies. Boot. Watch the kernel come up and
barf on the second floppy. Repeat experience with different floppies.


None, sorry.