Subject: new boot blocks.
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <email@example.com>
Date: 04/06/1999 23:28:28
FYI, i've just pulled up to the 1.4 branch the updated alpha boot
blocks i've been working on.
The benefit to you: the primary bootstrap no longer encodes the block
numbers of /boot, so that you can copy a new /boot, restore from
backups, etc., without pain. basically, it's not quite as nasty or
dangerous to install a new primary or secondary bootstrap.
The important points to know:
* the arguments to installboot are now different.
* the primary bootstrap names are different, and there's
one per supported root file system type.
* there's a new program mkbootimage(8) which can useful.
* the old installboot/bootxx are now supported only for
ustarfs images, and are named <old_name>.old.
* the new primary boot blocks are compatible with the
old /boot (and the reverse, but that shouldn't be so
much of a concern).
I suggest y'all:
rm /usr/mdec/* /usr/share/man/man8/alpha/*
then make and make install in sys/arch/alpha/stand and in
Then you might want to read the new installboot(8) manual page and
consider updating your primary boot block with a command like:
/usr/mdec/installboot -v <raw_device> /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffs
I'm running it on my machines. 8-)
If you run into any problems (or don't!), please get in touch.
Chris Demetriou - firstname.lastname@example.org - http://www.netbsd.org/People/Pages/cgd.html
Disclaimer: Not speaking for NetBSD, just expressing my own opinion.