Subject: Re: Creating a boot floppy for installation.
To: Bill Studenmund <>
From: Henry B. Hotz <>
List: port-macppc
Date: 06/28/1999 16:46:27
At 2:26 PM -0700 6/28/99, Bill Studenmund wrote:

[Useful explanation deleted.]

>I think the boot floppies are real easy to use if you already have a
>NetBSD box. I'm working on getting something easier for new users.

If you already have a NetBSD box why wouldn't you use either netboot from a
server or direct boot from hard disk instead of floppy?  The way I see it
the primary customer for the boot floppy is the new user installing NetBSD
from scratch.  Given the problems with creating a bootable coff binary I'd
say the DiskCopy image is the prefered way for us to go in the short term.

I can commit to producing DiskCopy images from boot floppy images with a 1
week turnaround if whoever makes them will notify me directly as to where
to get the images and someone tells me where to upload them.  I don't know
if this is a useful service.

Does that two-stage boot process you described explain why I got two boot
chimes from my machine before I got a command line prompt?  Or was that
some kind of failure followed by a retry which worked?  (PowerMac 8500,
boot floppy image from the last month or two.)

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