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install/46905: Download path for 6.0 RC1 likely to confuse
>Synopsis: Download path for 6.0 RC1 likely to confuse
>Arrival-Date: Tue Sep 04 22:20:01 +0000 2012
>Originator: Bill Kish
>Release: NetBSD 6.0_RC1
Coyote Point Systems, Inc
Having noted the announcement on blog.netbsd.org. I decided to download an ISO
install CD and install the new RC on a server.
The link on the blog page is ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.0_RC1/
where I found a large number of architecture-specific subdirectories. I chose
i386 and eventually found myself at
In that directory, I found:
MD5 1 KB 8/21/12 1:30:00 PM
SHA512 1 KB 8/21/12 1:30:00 PM
boot-com.iso 43946 KB 8/21/12 1:30:00 PM
boot.iso 43946 KB 8/21/12 1:30:00 PM
I burned a CD from boot.iso
As it turned out, there were certain issues with this image. For example when
the install reached the point of selecting an install media (CDROM/DVD) the
mount of cd0a on /mnt2 failed with EBUSY.
After much wasted time, I spoke with a very knowledgeable NetBSD developer who
instructed me that I should have followed
ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.0_RC1/iso/ which is where the "good"
install ISO is located.
I am filing this bug in the hopes that someone will see how easy it is for
someone to make this mistake and experience a bad outcome.
Suggest having a more instructive readme file in
Also, I think it is a bad idea to have a directory named "iso" buried among all
the architecture-specific directories. The tree should be reconsidered to make
it more obvious.
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