Subject: Re: First Reboot after installation hangs on root file system type: ffs
To: Emmanuel Ka <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 10/06/2005 21:21:40
On Thu, Oct 06, 2005 at 11:14:45AM +0200, Emmanuel Ka wrote:
> Hello
> As I know from BSD, the default root file system is hardcoded into the 
> kernel.

No, it finds it from various infos passed by the boot loader.

> Is it possible to indicate another one at the boot prompt, so I can copy 
> the INSTALL kernel on the root partition, tell this kernel to use 
> /dev/wd0a  and use that in the meantime ?

Yes, try
boot -flags an

> Sorry for the first dmesg posted, it looked something went wrong with 
> cut and paste.
> Manu
> Here follows a correct one :

If you can boot the INSTALL kernel with root on wd0a, make a diff between its
dmesg and the generic one, it should point to the driver causing problems.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference