Subject: Re: Something to shoot for someday...
To: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
From: Luke Mewburn <email@example.com>
Date: 07/03/1999 14:19:25
Jonathan Stone writes:
> >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.
> Er... Luke, that supports what *I said, not what Chris said.
> Read it again if you dont beleive me.
Maybe I wasn't clear enough.
My first attempts to put an mbr and dos partition on my new disk were
by hand (using fdisk, disklabel, etc). I had problems getting that
My final attempt was to
a) trash any remnants of my prior attempts at setting up
the mbr (using dd)
b) boot a 1.4 floppy and try sysinst.
sysinst managed to put a working mbr/dos partition table on my disk,
and setup the netbsd partitions. I was impressed by this.
Read what I replied to (cgd's message <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
and what I wrote again if you don't believe me. In that message Chris
quotes you as saying:
> 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:
And the first two lines of that quote are what I was disagreeing with
to some extent (since sysinst actually did the right thing for me).