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Re: port-macppc/54537: NetBSD/macppc 9.0 Beta CD does not boot

On 2019-09-08 23:55, Martin Husemann wrote:
The following reply was made to PR port-macppc/54537; it has been
noted by GNATS.

From: Martin Husemann <>
Subject: Re: port-macppc/54537: NetBSD/macppc 9.0 Beta CD does not boot
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2019 08:53:50 +0200

 On Mon, Sep 09, 2019 at 06:45:00AM +0000, wrote:
 > >How-To-Repeat:
> Attempt to boot the NetBSD 9.0 Beta for macppc from CD on any PowerMac.

 How are you booting it?

The "automatic boot" requires a hybrid ISO9660/HFS CD and we only do that for releases or release candidates (as it currently requires manual build

 macppc folks:
someone please document this more prominently in the release notes (conditional on official release?, contact me off list if you need help for this) or
 the ports wiki page plase.


I am booting by going to the open firmware prompt and entering this command:

boot cd:,\ofwboot.xcf

This boots NetBSD 8.1 fine. This does not boot NetBSD 9.0 beta image that I have, including when passing it the location of the kernel image.

In all cases I can test I get the error I listed previously:

unrecognized Client Program format

my understanding is that this error is given by Open Firmware when it does not recognize the format of the file you have told it to load, in this case I would presume that means ofwboot.xcf, as a valid xcoff image or chrp boot script.

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