Subject: Re: problems booting (Error 3) after drive swap
To: David Laight <email@example.com>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/21/2004 16:12:01
In message <20040521201142.GW7278@snowdrop.l8s.co.uk>, David Laight writes:
>> Ah -- that seems to be the problem.
>> 1: NetBSD (sysid 169)
>> bootmenu: NetBSD
>> start 21546000, size 56594160 (27634 MB, Cyls 1425-5168)
>> a: 567000 21549780 4.2BSD 1024 8192 40504 # (Cyl. 21378*- 219
>> Now to figure out how best to fix it...
>installboot to whatever is at the start.
>(or dd bootxx_ffsv1 aroung the netbsd label)
>the system will look for /boot there, then fall back onto 'a'
The problem is that for some reason, I have the fdisk partition
starting earlier on the disk. I'm contemplating just running fdisk and
changing the start point of that partition -- the amount of storage
involved is small compared to the size of the disk. But -- do fdisk
or disklabel round things to any boundaries? I'm trying to understand
how the problem happened in the first place. (Hmm -- there are 3780
unused sectors between the start of the mbr partition and the start of
the NetBSD partition. What would happen if I made wd0h point to that
sliver, and copied /boot there? Would it know to look in the 'a'
partition for /netbsd?)
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb