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Re: port-sparc/39728: [dM] sparc installboot unreasonably picky

The following reply was made to PR port-sparc/39728; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: "Greg A. Woods; Planix, Inc." <>
Subject: Re: port-sparc/39728: [dM] sparc installboot unreasonably picky
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 10:26:32 -0400

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 On 11-Oct-08, at 10:55 PM, der Mouse wrote:
 >>>    installboot: The secondary bootstrap `mnt/boot' must be in /
 >> The secandary bootstrap arg should be an absolute path in the
 >> specified file system.
 > ...oh!  Thank you.
 > Okay then, it's just that the message is confusing.  I'll reprioritize
 > the PR.
 Indeed, it is _very_ confusing.  I had to read the source, twice, to  
 try to figure out what I was doing wrong.  The second time I finally  
 added the following to my notes:
      - install the boot program(s):
          # cp /usr/mdec/boot /stand-sd1
          # installboot -v /dev/rsd1c /usr/mdec/bootxx /boot
          (it means the location of boot within the root of sd1a)
 > This, I say mostly to get it into the PR: what I'd suggest (and
 > implement, if I'm the one who ends up fixing it) is something like
 >      installboot: /mnt/boot: No such file or directory
 >      installboot: (Path must be relative to the filesystem root.)
 > (where the "No such..." is actually obtained from strerror(ENOENT),  
 > for
 > consistency).
 That would help somewhat for sure.
 The manual page, if it is read very carefully and completely, is  
 reasonably clear about this parameter now too, though unfortunately  
 that manual page is very dense and complex now that it deals with so  
 many options and features and tries to cover all kinds of systems.
                                        Greg A. Woods; Planix, Inc.
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