Subject: Re: Something to shoot for someday...
To: Chris G. Demetriou <>
From: Luke Mewburn <>
List: tech-install
Date: 07/02/1999 17:09:19
Chris G. Demetriou writes:
> Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU> writes:
> > Last: my impression is that most of the actual problems with sysinst
> > are due to the x86 MBR handling.  Lest some people forget,
> > most of the feedback on 1.3/pmax was along the lines of:
> Strongly disagree.
> Go look again through some of the remaining sysinst PRs, and the ones
> I recently fixed.  There are plenty of things which have nothing to do
> with i386 MBR handling.

I concur with Chris. I was having major problems trying to migrate
the boot disk on my main development machine (i386 with SCSI disks,
where NetBSD has the entire disk to itself) to another disk, and had
no luck using various fdisk and disklabel commands to get a bootable
disk.  It's been a while since I last did it, and my knowledge was
out of date.

As a last resort I trashed the mbr & partition table with
`dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rsd1d bs=32k count=100', booted a 1.4 floppy,
ran sysinst to setup the mbr and dos partitions, and quit sysinst
after it setup the disks but before it started extracting sets.
It worked. I was impressed that sysinst got that right.