Subject: ssto floppy builder tools available
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG, port-i386@NetBSD.ORG, tech-install@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: tech-install
Date: 03/18/1997 01:47:18
I've tarred up and put my src/distrib/i386 up on in
pub/NetBSD/arch/i386/ssto/ -- you will also need the SSTO config
available in that directory to use the thing.

If you get a hankering to use this to build SSTO floppies, simply...

0) untar this in your distrib directory. It will come out as new.i386
   for your convenience. Note that it can't be moved out of distrib --
   I have some location dependence in the make files.
1) make install the new boot blocks in sys/arch/i386/stand
2) make an SSTO kernel in the usual manner.
3) make in distrib/new.i386/floppies will build an ssto
   floppy. (Ignore the floppy built in ramdisk -- that is the ramdisk
   that gets loaded into the belly of the SSTO kernel)

The result may be dd'ed onto a floppy and booted.

Note that there are reports that a 4 meg machine will not successfully
boot an SSTO floppy.

I'm interested in comments on the general direction this should take
-- we probably want to scrap the existing i386 "install" system (which
is lifted by SSTO) and move towards something more like the common
miniroot, but I'd like opinions on whether other improvements are in