Subject: installing 1.6 from a CD on a two-disk system?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steve Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 09/18/2002 13:01:45
After upgrading one of my machines to 1.6, I burned a CD, per the
instructions at http://www.netbsd.org/Documentation/bootcd.html#i386image
I tried using that CD on a system with two SCSI disks and a SCSI CD-ROM.
It detected sd0 and sd1, and asked if I wanted to upgrade sd0. I
agreed, at which point it tried to fsck /dev/rsd1a. I don't know why
it was doing anything with sd1a... fsck asked if the disk should be
marked clean (there were no errors, and from the file counts it was
definitely doing sd1a, not sd0a); I agreed, but sysinst said that the
fsck failed. Next time, I tried saying "no", but it was equally
unhappy. I went into the utility shell -- fsck said that the file
system was clean. I forced fsck to look at it, via -f, and tried
sysinst again. No joy -- it still tried to fsck rsd1a, still thought
there was a problem, and still refused to proceed.
But the really mysterious part is that when I retried the upgrade using
boot floppies, it all just worked, with none of the nonsense. Has
anyone else seen anything like that?
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb (me)
http://www.wilyhacker.com ("Firewalls" book)