Subject: Re: netbsd port questions
To: Soren S. Jorvang <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jason Fayre <email@example.com>
Date: 02/16/2001 11:42:13
Yes, I am using the 1.5 generic from the cobalt directory.
On Fri, 16 Feb 2001, Soren S. Jorvang wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 16, 2001 at 10:18:10AM -0800, Jason Fayre wrote:
> > 1. Is it necessary to fdisk the drive prior to putting the netbsd kernel
> > on the drive? (I.E. can I just use the filesstem as-is and put the netbsd
> > kernel in /boot?)
> Yes, you can simply use the existing ext2 partitions and filesystems.
> I do recommend overwriting the non-boot ext2 filesystems with FFS,
> > 2. In order to instal the rest of the OS, it looks like I will have to
> > set up a DHCP and and NFS server on another box. Is this correct? If so,
> > I'm assuming I need to follow the procedure in the diskless howto.
> But be sure to read the port-cobalt FAQ. They can be slightly
> tricky to set up netbooting for.
> > If possible, could someone give me a step-by-step on how to make this
> > work?
> See the list archive at http://mail-index.netbsd.org/port-cobalt/ .
> > My current situation is:
> > I put the kernel in /boot and rename it to vmlinux.gz. When I reboot the
> This should work.
> > unit, I get the decompressing kernel message on the serial console. I
> > don't get any output from the BSD kernel. After about 2 minutes, I get
> > some messages from the boot loader stating that it couldn't load the
> > kernel because of some kind of disk error.
> This usually indicates that the kernel is just slightly larger
> than the firmware allows (yes, we need a real boot loader, which
> would make the problem go away). Are you using the stock 1.5
> GENERIC? That should be small enough to fit, but there may be
> differences between firmware revisions that I don't know about.