Subject: install/9426: Feedback on sparc 14P install floppy
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List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 02/15/2000 18:33:49
>Number:         9426
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       Feedback on sparc 14P install floppy
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    install-manager (NetBSD system installation bug manager)
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Feb 15 18:33:00 2000
>Originator:     John P. Refling
>Release:        14P/19991223

I have tried the 14P boot floppy in the sparc/19991223
distribution and it looks very good.  I have a few

1)  I did the install over the serial port, which I have
    set to 38400 baud, but part way thru the floppy boot,
    it switched to another baud rate (9600 I think).
    Might be wise to advise the user of this, and have
    them set their baud rate at the rom monitor to 9600.
    It can be discouraging for a first time user to think
    things are working, then suddenly have garbage appear
    on their screen.

2)  The esp driver appears more fragile than in the fully
    installed OS (understandably).  Therefore, if there
    are common errors like having 2 devices set to same
    SCSI id, the install program halts exits to the
    debugger without any helpful info!  Again, might want
    to insist that the user has run probe-scsi at the
    monitor sucessfully before attempting an install.

3)  Mention at the prompt asking for a domain name what to
    enter if there is no domain name.  I assume that we
    enter a dot: ".", at least that worked for me.

4)  Got a message about "netbsd.GENERIC" missing or some-
    thing... but all worked ok.

Comments from others?    I'll pr these as change requests.