Subject: Re: install.txt/SRM-ARC & XL266
To: None <>
From: Ross Harvey <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 08/13/1999 10:27:02
> Links from the list of suported models in 
> to the corresponding 
> detailed section in 
> would be helpful.
>   Missing links would also remind us that we have work to do.  Which 
>   remindes me.  I promised to make a first pass at one for the Miata... 

You might want to mail suggestions on the web site to `',
or, if possible, send them or me some diff -u patches.

> -----
> Since the subject of this message starts with install.txt, here are 
> a few comments... 
> I'd rate install.txt as OK but not great. 
> install.txt is over 100K bytes.  It's hard to find things, especially 
> if you don't know what you are looking for (yet).  But I'd rather 
> have too much than too little. 
> I managed to install NetBSD on an Alpha without much help.  I started 
> without knowing much about NetBSD.  It took a few days once I got 
> serious. 
> I printed out install.txt and marked things up with red ink. 
> In the process of doing my first install, I made a checklist.  Mostly 
> it is just a list of steps so I don't forget anything.  But it also 
> contains various notes, URLs, and chunks that are handy to cut/paste.  
> Anytime I had to search for something, I added a note when I found 
> it.  Anytime I discovered something neat or how to work around a 
> bug/glitch I added another note. 
> The install-from-scratch section is most of a printed page.  That 
> just gets the generic kernel going on a bare system.  I've got another 
> half page of notes about how to set things up and make the system 
> useful - mostly about configuring other network cards. 
> The kernel building section is a half page with another half page 
> on configuring things. 
> Does anybody else have a similar set of notes/checklists or is everybody 
> reading this a wizard? 
> A checklist with lots of links into install.txt might be helpful 
> to first timers.

I don't suppose we have any volunteers to work on install notes?
(And has hell frozen over?)  If someone does want to create some
diffs, this is important: please do them against NetBSD-current,
not 1.4 or 1.4.1.  They live in src/distrib/notes.