Subject: Re: Installfest report (alpha/pmax/hp300)
To: David Brownlee <>
From: John Hawkinson <jhawk@MIT.EDU>
List: port-pmax
Date: 09/30/2000 12:26:21
| > the miniroot dd'd on the disk, sysinst wouldn't admit that that disk
| > was more than 2MB.  Since I'd set up rbootd for the 3rd install I
| > decided to set up netbooting for the pmax.  I overwrote the miniroot
| > so nothing would try to use the 2MB size, and we did the tftp boot.
| 	  Hmm maybe someone on port-pmax might have a comment on this?

Tim Shepard and I noticed this on the alpha recently. The problem here is
that the miniroot contains a disklabel, and the kernel reads this
disklabel and presumes that it reflects the actual size of the disk.
You can edit the disklabel with 'disklabel', but sysinst gets confused.

This is not a problem if the miniroot boot device differs from the
installation device, though.

It probably needs a PR...