Subject: Re: Problems installing 3.0 on b&w G3
To: Joachim Thiemann <>
From: Rudi Ludwig <>
List: port-macppc
Date: 02/24/2006 18:37:51
Joachim Thiemann wrote:
> Hello everyone, I've done lots of installs of NetBSD on Sparc, Amiga
> and of course i386... this is my first try with macppc.
> I'm using a b&w G3 (Rev. 1) with OF 3.1.1.
> I'm having trouble getting 3.0 to install - no, rather, to boot the
> installed NetBSD.  I've tried both single-disk with multiple
> partitions (getting too familiar with pdisk), using the
> Apple_UNIX_SVR2 partitions for root and swap in addition to an HFS
> partition with ofwboot.xcf and nothing else,
Hm, I'm quite successful with that method, though different HW.

The small details matter, this S0 RUFS, S1 SFS and S2 UFS. The partition
labeld RUFS is what the kernel picks as the root directory.
Should look similar to this:

Partition map (with 512 byte blocks) on '/dev/rwd0c'
 #:                type name     length   base     ( size )
 1: Apple_partition_map Apple        63 @ 1
 2:           Apple_HFS boot       4000 @ 64       (  2.0M)
 3:     Apple_UNIX_SVR2 swap     614400 @ 4064     (300.0M) S1  SFS k0
 4:     Apple_UNIX_SVR2 root     409600 @ 618464   (200.0M) S0 RUFS k0  /
 5:     Apple_UNIX_SVR2 home    5033000 @ 1028064  (  2.4G) S2  UFS k0  /usr

If that is okay. What does the kernel think the root fs-type is?
I had a strange case were the kernel figured the root fs was msdos but
was a correct ffs. fsck said okay. zeroing the first 4k of that
partition (slide) before doing the newfs of the reinstall helped.

Did you format root ffs with v2? I have not followed the status of this
but v1, seams the safe bet there.

No further ideas, sorry


> Any ideas?  Is a custom kernel needed? (I can do a crossbuild on a
> i386 3.0 box...)
> Thanks,
> Joe.