Subject: Re: initializing a NetBSD boot block from Linux?
To: Steven M. Bellovin <>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/21/2007 10:42:13
On 21/11/2007, at 5:26, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:

> I copied a NetBSD image to a removable hard drive, before installing
> Linux on the main hard drive on my laptop.  However, I forgot to do
> some magic involving the boot sequences.  I've thus been unable to  
> boot
> NetBSD from wd1 when running grub on wd0.  What's the easiest way to
> fix this?  I can't easily boot NetBSD and get to that drive, since wd1
> and the CD both want the Ultrabay.  I don't have any USB disk
> enclosures or CD drives.

If you are using GRUB and netbsd-4, you can directly boot the netbsd  
kernel without the need for the boot blocks.  See multiboot(8) for  
some details.  (You can also do that with older netbsd versions, but  
it may not work.)


Julio M. Merino Vidal <>