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Re: problem installing a domU

On Aug 11, 2009, at 10:25 AM, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:

On Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 08:22:15AM -0400, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:

The official how-to just says

        load the netbsd-INSTALL_XEN3_DOMU kernel provided in the NetBSD
        binary sets. Like others install kernels, it contains a ramdisk
        with sysinst, so you can install NetBSD using sysinst on your
        new domain

In other words, it's broken like almost all "howto" documentation is
broken: it says "how to" but not "why to", which lets even well informed and capable people jump to conclusions and waste a bunch of their time.


The wiki says

        This configuration uses a DOMU_INSTALL kernel and an ISO image
        provided by a successful 'build release' and 'build iso-image'.
        You may be able to locate a valid Xen3 DOMU_INSTALL kernel from
        ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD-daily/ but if not, building a
        release is your best bet.

The wiki has essentially no quality control, is not an official TNF
service, and, like many wikis, is consequently full of
misinformation scattered at random among information that is mostly right.

It's actually more up-to-date than the official how-to, especially about not using grub...

All in all, a good reason not to rely on either of these forms of
documentation. :-/

I suppose I should take a look editing the official page....

                --Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb

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