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Re: sysinst and gpt

On 15 Jan 2012 at 5:28, Thomas Mueller wrote:

> > > This would be both amd64 and i386, and both 5.1_STABLE and HEAD.
> > > I would build NetBSD source code not including X, then build X from
> > > pkgsrc.

It helps if you have a fast pc. My first build was for
NetBSD-1.5x on a 486 and I think that took over a day? 

Build of NetBSD-5 on a p4-2400 couple of years back: 
./ -x -r -U -u release started: Tue Mar 23 01:19:20 GMT 2010 ended:   Tue Mar 23 07:19:53 GMT 2010 

I usually create a cd image and burn a cd. 

I've used a cd boot to modify a system and you should
be able to install from cd without using sysinst.

If you are updating an existing system you don't need 
a cd, although I would burn one just in case.


> > > Even if this fails to build or builds a nonbootable system, it might
> > > serve as a dress rehearsal and feasibility study for cross-building a
> > > Linux installation.
> > Well, that all sounds like a lot of work. I have a few other ideas as
> > well. One would be to try what you did and just install from a NetBSD
> > CD manually. I found some notes on that at
> > .
> > I don't know if I can get everything to work that way but if it works
> > it is probably less work than the way you suggest.
> > > On a GPT-partitioned drive, you might need grub2 as opposed to legacy
> > > grub 0.97.
> > Yes. I have grub2 in place already. That part should be alright.
> > Cheers,
> > Christian
> I feel I need to build NetBSD from source because the binary distribution 
> doesn't work.
> Also there are some things wrong with the included X, one being ability to 
> copy and paste only a small amount of lines at one time.
> Another thing is inability to go into X with the generic kernel.
> Of course, getting a working NetBSD by building from source is a doubtful 
> proposition.
> Tom

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