Subject: Re: port-shark/35576 - Make sysinst clear MBR
To: Michael Lorenz <>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
List: port-arm
Date: 03/11/2007 23:23:04
On 11/03/2007, at 21:59, Michael Lorenz wrote:

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> Hello,
> On Mar 11, 2007, at 16:02, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:
>> The attached patch for sysinst asks the user if he wants to clear  
>> the MBR and does so.  It also tells him how to configure the  
>> firmware to boot from the on-disk kernel.
>> But... I feel the question is useless.  Is it there any reason not  
>> to clear the MBR?  If there is not, I'll change the code to  
>> unconditionally clear it and only add a message at the end of the  
>> installation to tell the user what to do on the firmware.
> IIRC all sharks need the MBR nuked in order to boot from an  
> internal disk.

I thought so.  And even if they don't, it cannot hurt clearing it,  
right?  If you are installing NetBSD on a disk in a shark, you are  
going to lose all its contents anyway, so losing also the MBR is not  
a problem.  Or so it seems ;-)


Julio M. Merino Vidal <>