Subject: Re: progress on NetBSD/bebox
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Kazuki Sakamoto <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/16/1998 19:05:13
> I've noticed that it takes about 6 hours to compile the netbsd-current
> kernel from scratch. Of course, this IS an early-model BeBox, with
> only PPC 603 processors (and only two of them), so perhaps this is
> normal. I have 48 Megs of RAM in the thing, and it isn't paging, so
> it must really just be that slow.
A performance is one of what we must improve.
> So, I have a few questions (well, actually only one, for now):
> Is there a way to bootstrap my IDE disk so that I can boot netbsd
> without a floppy? I don't see installboot in the bebox shapshot.
It is possible if bfs(BeOS filesystem) is made in IDE disk
and boot.pef is put there.
boot.pef => floppy or other computer via network
cd (IDE disk mount point)
boot.pef <= floppy or other computer via network
cp boot.pef system/kernel
But, this bootloader can read kernel only from floppy disk.
If interface of the BeBox's BootROM is opened to the public,
I think that it can be solved. Or, we will make standalone IDE/SCSI
So, I made the method attach kernel to bootloader
(I got a hint from BootLoader of NetBSD/macppc).
Please read arch/bebox/stand/boot/Makefile.
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> Anyway, now that I'm finally set up, I'm ready to start hacking on the