Subject: Re: questions about latest beta iso
To: Brian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Erik Berls <email@example.com>
Date: 08/30/2007 10:20:23
Yes, the bootloader will support larger kernels, but only on local disks.
The bootloader doesn't yet support netbooting. So if you need to
netboot the kernel, you need to pay attention to the old restrictions.
On 8/30/07, Brian <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Aug 30, 2007, at 10:48 AM, Maxim Belooussov wrote:
> > Hi,
> >> If you are referring to dmassage, this is a prudent & excellent
> >> approach. For those unfamiliar with dmassage, it is a Perl script
> > Yes, that's what I was referring to, typo on my side :)
> >> This is not true. See the following:
> >> http://netbsd.org/ports/cobalt/faq.html#kernel
> > Point taken. I must have misread this:
> > http://mail-index.netbsd.org/port-cobalt/2007/08/09/0000.html
> > Normally dmassage produces smaller kernels, let's see if something can
> > be squeezed out of current configuration :)
> > No further questions, I'll try to get the latest restore CD running,
> > and will try to compile some dmassage-generated kernels with wireless
> > drivers.
> I thought that at this time, the way it worked is that minimal
> boot.gz on the tiny partition loads, got things going, then loaded /
> netbsd- which can be bigger.
> At least, when I built kernel updates for 3.99.whatever, I just put
> them in as /netbsd and left the .gz bootloader on the little
> partition alone. Is there real reason to keep /netbsd and the other
> one in sync- is that part of the FAQ dated?
> My 3.99.whatever kernel I build in March is 2.98 megs uncompressed, I
> only put it in /netbsd, and it does indeed load. Unless the mk.conf
> did things I didn't notice, I've been fine only updating /netbsd to
> whatever I build. I don't even mount the little boot partition so I
> would be surprised it could get updated without my knowing/seeing an
> I thought that change in the bootloader happened a while back and did
> remove the problem with the kernel sizes.
> If someone wants an install disk with a decked-out kernel it could
> thus be possible- if you adjust the right one.
> If I've misunderstood the flow here, please educate me!
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