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Re: How to install NetBSD with NO install media whatsoever if you have Linux already installed

Hello Emmanuel,

Thanks for an useful information!
I can also share my experience - I have installed NetBSD on a laptop from a running GNU/Linux with QEMU. Just passed the installation iso image as a -cdrom and an existing HDD partition in -hda option.


On Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:27:55 +0200, Emmanuel Kasper wrote:
( sorry for the long title, it is just intended to be search keyword
friendly )

I have a KVM hoster in Germany, which offers me access to the system
console, via VNC, but only offers Linux and FreeBSD as install options.
It is however still possible to install NetBSD, by booting the NetBSD
installer on a Linux partition via GRUB.

Here's how to do it from Linux:

mkdir /boot/netbsd
cd /boot/netbsd
gunzip netbsd-INSTALL_FLOPPY.gz

Provided you only have a single Linux partition, and it is the first
partition of your hard drive (NB: grub legacy numbers partition from 0,
grub2 from 1, go figure )

# Grub Legacy: stuff to add to grub legacy's /boot/grub/
title NetBSD Installer
root (hd0,0)
kernel --type=netbsd  /boot/netbsd/netbsd-INSTALL_FLOPPY

# GRUB2: Stuff to add to /etc/grub.d/40_custom
# Don't forget to run update-grub afterwards
menuentry "NetBSD Installer" {
set root=(hd0,msdos3)
knetbsd /boot/netbsd/netbsd-INSTALL_FLOPPY


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