Subject: install/9654: i386 upgrade instructions imply a floppy necessary
To: None <>
From: John Hawkinson <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 03/21/2000 18:18:03
>Number:         9654
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       i386 upgrade instructions imply a floppy necessary
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    install-manager (NetBSD system installation bug manager)
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Mar 21 18:18:00 2000
>Originator:     John Hawkinson
>Release:        NetBSD 1.4.2
System: NetBSD 1.4.2 NetBSD 1.4.2 (GENERIC) #3: Wed Mar 15 23:41:54 PST 2000 i386

	The INSTALL.* instructions imply that a floppy is necessary
to upgrade (say, from NetBSD 1.4.1 to NetBSD 1.4.2). It sure seems that
this is unnecessary, since mounting the boot-big.fs image on a vnd
device and copying the kernel from it to / seemed to produce a perfectly
fine INSTALL kernel with all one needed to upgrade.

	This procedure should be more supported, either by
including instructions in INSTALL as to how to do it, or by
distributing the INSTALL kernel as a file instead of within a filesystem
	Try to determine the fastest way to upgade from 1.4.1 to 1.4.2,
especially if your machine doesn't happen to have a floppy drive right
this instant.