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Re: problem installing a domU

On Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 08:22:15AM -0400, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> > 
> The official how-to just says 
>       load the netbsd-INSTALL_XEN3_DOMU kernel provided in the NetBSD
>       binary sets. Like others install kernels, it contains a ramdisk
>       with sysinst, so you can install NetBSD using sysinst on your
>       new domain

In other words, it's broken like almost all "howto" documentation is
broken: it says "how to" but not "why to", which lets even well informed
and capable people jump to conclusions and waste a bunch of their time.

> The wiki says
>       This configuration uses a DOMU_INSTALL kernel and an ISO image
>       provided by a successful 'build release' and 'build iso-image'.
>       You may be able to locate a valid Xen3 DOMU_INSTALL kernel from
> but if not, building a
>       release is your best bet. 

The wiki has essentially no quality control, is not an official TNF
service, and, like many wikis, is consequently full of
misinformation scattered at random among information that is mostly right.

All in all, a good reason not to rely on either of these forms of
documentation. :-/


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