Al <al%familysafeinternet.com@localhost> writes:
What I would like to be able to do is do an install on either another
drive or on an NFS partition. Then chroot to it and then delete the
files that are on /, /var, and /usr and then do a clean install of
NetBSD. Is this possible? If it is, could someone give me a how to on
doing something like this?
chrooting will be awkward, because once you chroot then you will be
running the binaries from the new install, which only works if your
system is compatible (NetBSD, same or later, more or less). And if
remove files, you won't be able to run new commands.
However, you don't need to chroot. If you take a new drive, and
fdisk/disklabel it, and mount it, and then unpack the sets, and then
install bootblocks, it should work. You didn't mention, but if you
i386, then bootblocks consists of installboot for bootxx_ffsv1
(probably) and also /boot, plus mbr boot records. If the host is
you can just use installboot and cp, pointing to /usr/mdec in the new
I have done something similar a number of times, basically moving a
system from old disks to new (bigger, less aged and in theory more
reliable) disks. So instead of unpacking sets, I have done dump/
or rsync from old to new (under /mnt) and then installed bootblocks.