Subject: Re: question on how to access files on dos partition during installation of Netbsd
To: None <tech-install@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Christos Zoulas <>
List: tech-install
Date: 12/02/1997 16:32:19
In article <> (Jim Sullivan) writes:
>I have a PC machine at home with one scsi disk(sd0) with
>the DOS partition, and a second scsi(sd1), which I want to 
>install NetBSD12g on. I have copied the NetBSD distribution 
>sets(tar file format) to my DOS partition on sd0, and would like
>to access them during the installation of NetBSD. Using the 
>NetBSD bootable floppy I attempt the install but have not had
>success mounting the DOS partition.(i.e. 
>mount -t mount_dos /dev/sd0a /mnt )
>It responds with "device not configured"

mount -t msdos /dev/sd0a /mnt

is the right format, but I suspect that it is:

mount -t msdos /dev/sd0e /mnt

You can find out by typing:

disklabel sd0

and looking at which partition is found as the msdos one.

>1. Is it possible to mount a DOS partition like this ?  I am 
>not sure that I am mounting the correct device(my options include
>/dev/sd0a.../dev/sd0h) I have tried each of these. 
>2. I would also like to understand if I can make a connection to 
>my ISP during the NetBSD installation process to access the 
>distribution sets(tar files). In other words can I skip the step 
>of using win95 to copy the files to the DOS partition, and 
>download them directly during the installation. 

Yes you can, as long as you are able to configure your network from
the installtion utility.