Subject: Re: New current.tar.gz
To: None <port-atari@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Waldi Ravens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/22/1996 11:47:11
Leo Weppelman wrote:
> As you probably know, Waldi has made the bootblocks for NetBSD/Atari. The
> binaries to install and use them are in the archive. It's really quite
> nice to type 'reboot' and to get back into NetBSD without any user
> intervention. It saves time too ;-)
Unfortunately, a couple of things are not yet documented, because they
hardly belong in installboot(8) and I couldn't think of a reasonable
alternative (read: I'm lazy).
But first of all, before installing on harddisk, try a floppy disk.
When you are going to install on harddisk, make a backup first, at
least the bootblock (the first 8KB) and if it's an AHDI partitioned
disk, also the AHDI rootsector.
The missing docs:
1) Keep the Alternate key pressed to abort the bootstrap (compatible
with AHDI 3.0).
2) To prevent an automatic boot keep the *right* Shift key pressed
(not for floppy bootstrap, which always does a manual boot).
3) Possible options in the boot menue are -a, -b and -d (compatible
4) Valid OS-types are .netbsd (default), .linux, .asv and .tos
(only one of them is *really* valid of course ;-) ).
5) It is not possible to install the bootstrap on sdX and then
start another OS from sdY for all X > Y. This limitation is
dictated by the loader in ROM.
6) The installboot utility automatically sets the boot preference
in NVRAM to NetBSD (except for floppy install).
[This one should definitely be mentioned in installboot(8).]
7) A utillity to change or reset the boot pref. in NVRAM is not
yet available. For now, run "cat /dev/nvram >foo", edit foo
with a binary editor (the second byte is the boot pref.),
then "cat foo >/dev/nvram".
> This also caused the kernel version to bump from 1.1A to 1.1B .
Wich in turn causes installboot to refuse running on a -current