Subject: Re: miniroot for NetBSD/i386?
To: Igor Sobrado <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 12/09/2005 08:46:00
In message <20051209114314.191073D87@string1.ciencias.uniovi.es>, Igor Sobrado
>Is there a miniroot filesystem for NetBSD/i386? From a search on
>google I see that some ports (e.g., sgimips) have a miniroot filesystem
>(diskimage.gz) that can be dumped to a small 32 MB filesystem. I think
>that a miniroot filesystem would be nice; of course, NetBSD/i386 can
>be booted from a CD-ROM to a miniroot-like environment but a miniroot
>filesystem would be faster.
>I suppose that it is mostly a waste of space (I never had a serious
>problem with NetBSD), but a miniroot filesystem would be great to do
>some maintanance tasks or OS upgrades. As it is mostly quiet, it
>should remain stable even in the case of a filesystem corruption that
>could damage the root filesystem.
Look at the archives of tech-embed for some discussions. Also note the
existence of /rescue on NetBSD.
--Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb