Subject: Re: Image is 3387 bytes (3 KB) too big to fit on
To: Garrett D'Amore <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-install
Date: 05/09/2006 02:33:37
> Hmm... it strikes me that we are fighting a never ending battle with the
> 1.44 media.  Maybe its time to rethink this?

FYI, the problem is not the 1.44MB limit, but the 2.88MB limit.

The 1.44MB limit does not exist, as we can split up our install images on 
as many floppies as you like - to fix the current problem, just put


into .../bootfloppy/Makefile and .../bootfloppy-com/Makefile.

The 2.88MB limit needs a bit more work. It exists due to the 'floppy 
emulation' boot for CDs, and to get rid of that, we need to switch from 
"first build a 2.88MB floppy image, then create a ISO from that" to 
non-emulated boot. See [1] and the URLs referenced there for a proposal to 
fix this.

I'm currently working on integrating this for NetBSD 4.0.
I guess I'll post to tech-install when I have something for review.

Note that this is NOT an attempt to
1) make a boot-CD w/o a ramdisk-kernel
2) clean up the build infrastructure
3) make a bootable install-CD
Perry volunteered to work on something in that direction, and when it's 
ready it will probably replace the existing code. Until then, the above 
plan should get rid of the 2.88MB limit.

  - Hubert