Subject: Re: Re(2): 3000/600
To: Bryan McWhirt <>
From: Andrew Gillham <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/01/2000 09:53:04
Bryan McWhirt writes:
> So it's an ISO not an actual file?  The actual documentation in that
> directory were extreamly vauge.

No it is not an ISO. :-)  Yes, now it is really confusing.  Basically it
is an "image" that more or less is just like the first few meg of
a hard drive.  It has the normal boot sector, bootstrap, and kernel just
like it would be on a hard drive. (hence the cdhdtape)
The boot sector has some magic that convinces the alpha it is a nice
bootable device when it is written to a CD a HD, or a TAPE.

I will agree that the README.files doesn't clearly say that the image
should be written directly to a CD in "raw" mode.  It shows examples
of a hard drive or tape though that, I guess, are meant to be extrapolated.
:)  If you were to come up with an improved paragraph about 'cdhdtape' and
file a bug report via 'send-pr' it would probably get fixed. 

Anyway, you should be able to write it out raw with cdrecord under NetBSD,
or via something like NERO ( under Windows.

Andrew Gillham                            | NetBSD ist Affengeil.                     | Nachts ist es kaelter
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