Subject: Re: Net boot question
To: Alex Pelts <>
From: Andy Ruhl <>
List: port-cobalt
Date: 11/16/2005 05:34:24
On 11/15/05, Alex Pelts <> wrote:
> Andy,
> When netbooting using 2 buttons method there is no 1st stage bootloader
> involved. So I beleive I am correct at least on 4. I am probably wrong
> on 5. Not exactly wrong but impresise - root location is defined by
> dhcpd config statement so you probably can change it. I have not tried
> though.
> So far my problem has been in booting the kernel. I will try to
> recompile it again and see how it goes.
> bfd command is just that - "boot from disk". I want to do complete
> netboot with kernel residing outside of the qube as well. One thing is a
> bit alarming to me - kernel size is growing as it progresses and there
> is no network 1st stage bootloader. As kernel is unable to boot on the
> cube over the network, only older versions of netbsd can be used as host
> to the recovery environment. I wonder if we can use CoLo as a 1st stage
> bootloader?

Ok, I get it now, thanks.

Would be nice if the NetBSD bootloader could do netbooting, that would
of course be the first choice, but it might be worth seeing if CoLo
can do it too. I'm downloading now. I might try it with the
/usr/games/.doug method (mash all 4 buttons at boot).