Subject: Re: 1.3Beta
To: Robert.V.Baron <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: port-i386
Date: 12/02/1997 16:58:25
"Robert.V.Baron" writes:
> Why doesn't the GENERIC kernel include pms0 -- how can you run X.

The probe sometimes caused trouble as I recall. If you need the
driver, well, you *should* be building your own kernels
anyway. GENERIC is really just to get you started.

> By the way is there a 3.3.1 specifically for 1.3 (or an afs for it).

There will be one.

> I was sort of disappointed with the sysinit interface and think that
> it needs a bunch of work to make it friendly/useable for niave users.


> 0. I did not look too hard but I could not find an INSTALL document
>    on

ftp> cd pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-1.3_BETA/i386
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> dir
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for '/bin/ls'.
total 208
-rw-r--r--  1 254  netbsd  86505 Nov 30 06:44 INSTALL
-rw-r--r--  1 254  netbsd   1108 Nov 30 06:44 README.first
-rw-r--r--  1 254  netbsd     29 Nov 30 06:44 SOURCE_DATE
drwxr-xr-x  4 254  netbsd    512 Nov 30 06:44 binary
drwxr-xr-x  4 254  netbsd    512 Nov 30 06:45 installation
-rw-r--r--  1 254  netbsd   8414 Nov 30 06:44

> 1. The program name should be something more understandable
>    than sysinst -- howabout install or menu_install and maybe
>    the existing install can be install.old

Install might be a better name.

> 7. I also tried a simple install (like in days of old).  It worked fine
>    except there was no hint of were/how I was to go to get a kernel.

See INSTALL. You get the kernel from the kern.tgz set.

> 3. I ran Configure.  It asks about interfaces strip0, strip1 and eon0.  What
>    are these -- strip is metricom, and eon0 -- but I don't use either should
>    Configure ask about it.

They are in GENERIC, and ifconfig -l finds them, so you might want to
configure them and you get asked.