Subject: Re: Installing Boot Blocks on New Disks
To: Aaron Benner <email@example.com>
From: Chris G Demetriou <Chris_G_Demetriou@ux2.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
Date: 08/23/1996 22:55:06
> Reply To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> I've gotten my Multia running NetBSD/Alpha, and am trying to add on
> some more disk, which I would like to make bootable. (Just in case the
> primary disk goes down) On an i386 machine I understand how to do
> this using disklabel. The problem I'm having is that on the alpha
> disklabel doesn't seem to support the writing of boot blocks, and the
> only other option I found ,installboot, doesn't want to work either.
The Alpha installboot is like the sparc installboot... which means:
> When I try;
> /usr/mdec/installboot -v boot bootxx /dev/rsd1c
This won't work.
the 'boot' you specify has to be on sd1. i.e. say you have sd1a
mounted on /mnt, you would do something like:
cp boot /mnt/boot
./installboot -v /mnt/boot bootxx /dev/rsd1c
This is actually a hack; it's more correct to say "/dev/rsd1a", but
the "kernel security" features in 4.4BSD derivatives prevent that from
working, if they're enabled.
You'll note that this means that:
(1) part of the boot blocks live in the file system, and
(2) you need a file system on a disk, containing at least
the /boot and a kernel, in order to boot from that
(3) currently, you can't boot from kernels in any partition
other than 'a'.
For your purposes, some of those facts may be irrelevant. 8-)