Subject: disklabelling -- Re: help
To: None <port-pmax@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Toru Nishimura <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/28/1997 13:02:34
Jonathan Stone wrote;
> I really should rebuild diskimage.tar.gz with a statically-linked
> tar, gzip/gunzip, uncompres, vi, and ftp. That would make it easier
> to set things up. Next is to add all the install/upgrade scripts...
Please add any notes about the fact /sbin/disklabel will complain
ioctl DIOCSDINFO: Open partition would move or shrink
for some of SCSI disk including RZ25 even if partition size looks
definitely correct. I (and others) wasted much time to go farther
My current solution is to set C partion size larger than the number
reported by disk driver; for example, although RZ25 reports total size
832527, set larger (defunct) value. I don't know why this solve
(hide?) the issue. Mysteriously enough, some other kind of disks
cause no trouble even with "real" C partion size. No, I don't think
it due to "zone-recording."
Another issue is /etc/disktab. As you all know, almost of them are
now inappropriate to run NetBSD/pmax. Disk labelling is the second
pitfall (the first is booting, obviously) traps new commers, so
hussle-free preparation should be provided as defaults. Building
bullet-proof install kit is a time comsuming task (literally). But,
it would be rewareded once done, because people suffered and abandoned
by poor installation will never use NetBSD/pmax. Many volunteers
would be required. I have several MAXINE (DS5000/25) and I can
contribute to a part of tasks.
Nara Institute of Science and Technology.