Subject: Re: Booting problems
To: Giles Lean <>
From: Phil Knaack <>
List: port-i386
Date: 04/08/1996 16:03:24
>On Sun, 07 Apr 1996 12:29:41 -0500  Jeff Thieleke wrote:

>You might build a custom set of boot blocks that default to '-r' and
>also don't prompt for a filesystem diskette.

>(Note: I don't have a machine with IDE and SCSI to test this, but have
>certainly booted a kernel from fd0 that used wd1 for root, swap etc.)

	I did something like this for some time: OS-BS20B8 to boot from
a partition on my second IDE disk where there were (modified to include
'-r' by default) boot blocks and a 2M partition with a kernel (with
"config netbsd root on sd0 swap on sd0") in it, all on a machine where only
the IDE disks could be seen from BIOS.

	It works, nicely, but of course if the kernel pukes on you, you're 
more SOL without a boot floppy that can boot it.

	My mistake was my "kernel" partition wasn't large enough to hold
more than one kernel.

Phillip F Knaack     
Database Programmer, NCREMP    Student Development Group
ISU Extension                  Project Vincent, Iowa State University