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Re: where is netbsd-INSTALL.gz?

On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 at 01:10:02PM -0400, James K. Lowden wrote:
> It would appear the install kernel went missing for a while and has
> reappeared.  I don't know if that was intentional or went unnoticed,
> but it's definitely undocumented.  

From the commit log that fixed it:

revision 1.65
date: 2011/02/10 00:43:20;  author: jym;  state: Exp;  lines: +3 -2
Reinstate INSTALL kernel for embedded ramdisk installs.

Reasons being:
- INSTALL is GENERIC with an embedded ramdisk, and as such, can benefit from
features included within.
- INSTALL_FLOPPY has its own config(5) file, and is tailored for "small"
floppy images; it misses features/drivers that could be needed to boot
in a decent environment for recent x86 machines (like ACPI)
- makes it closer to floppies distrib available for amd64

While here, comment out INSTALL_FLOPPY and bootfloppy-big image build. NetBSD
does not use the 3.6MiB image for El Torito cdroms anymore.

Remove the FLOPPYMAX limit; i386 needs 4 floppies now. Modify boot.cfg and
release/contents to reflect reality.


No comments, no objections.

This has not been pulled up to netbsd-5, and the documentation never was
fixed for the original change.

You can use miniroot.kmod and GENERIC instead (but it is a pain, I agree).
It is spread around a bit, but everything is there:

netbsd-GENERIC is in binary/kernel/
pxeboot_ia32.bin is in installation/misc/
miniroot.kmod is in installation/miniroot/

I wonder if we should pullup the fix mentioned above.


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