Subject: Re: little things that bother me
To: Daniel C. Sinclair <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Andy Ruhl <email@example.com>
Date: 02/06/2005 05:52:16
On Sat, 5 Feb 2005 14:53:56 -0800, Daniel C. Sinclair
> On Sat, 5 Feb 2005 06:12:44 -0700, Andy Ruhl <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Fri, 4 Feb 2005 18:19:56 -0800, Daniel C. Sinclair
> > <email@example.com> wrote:
> > > It's not very easy, but here are the steps I used to install 2.0 on my Cube2:
> > >
> > That's a pretty slick way to do it too... You could also just put a
> > kernel that wants to mount root over nfs in /usr/games/.doug (in the
> > linux partition) and go about it that way. That way you have full
> > control of the disk at that point since it isn't in use. Very nice.
> That's true, but it requires that the Qube2 (I had forgotten it was
> spelled with a Q) is already running an OS. The harddrive in mine had
True... I think it's more of an easy upgrade method than an install
from scratch method.
> > Re: the 2.0 CD. I had said that I was going to look at it, but I
> > haven't had time yet. I'm hoping it will be as easy as just replacing
> > the old 1.6.1 sets with the 2.0 sets, and changing some stuff about
> > the way it edits rc.conf (and whatever else changed between 1.6.1 and
> > 2.0). Also, I'm not too smart about some of this automation stuff so I
> > can't guarantee results. I think the author of the first recovery CD
> > said he might make a new one too.
> I had considered doing it myself too. I don't really like the fully
> automated install so I would just make a bootable CD with netboot/NFS
> set up. From there the user would netboot and log in via a null-modem
> cable or telnet. The installation could be done manually or by a
> script, but getting the standard NetBSD setup program working would be
> the best. Does anyone know why that isn't compiled for the cobalt
Maybe something to do with the need to have an old style ext2fs boot
partition? Don't know... Next problem is that serial consoles seem to
be a huge barrier for entry for newbies. I had set one up on a box a
long time ago, but found I really don't need it in i386 land for the
most part... But for anything other than i386, it's really nice.
> > I'm still of the opinion that it's worth taking the disk out and
> > setting it up on another box. It will probably take less time from
> > beginning to end than doing the network install, but it does require
> > another NetBSD machine and a little skill about how NetBSD boots.
> In Michael Bramley's case, where he only has limited access to his
> Qube2, it might be. I just don't like messing around with hardware
> when there is a way to do it with software.
I'm kind of the opposite I suppose. I like messing with hardware.