Subject: Re: boot from floppy
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Simon Burge <email@example.com>
Date: 08/03/1999 12:10:46
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > I want to track the -current, how can I make the floppy
> > bootable in this way? Could you tell me the details or
> > the corresponding URLs in www.netbsd.org?
> But the kernel is too large to put into a 1.44MB floppy,
> how to deal with it?
The bootblocks can boot a compressed kernel. What you can do is
something like (off the top of my head!):
# newfs /dev/rrzXc (where X is the floppy's SCSI id)
# disklabel -B rzX
# mount /dev/rzXc /mnt
# cp -p /usr/mdec/boot /mnt
# gzip -9 < /path/to/some/kernel/netbsd > /mnt/netbsd
# umount /mnt
The gzip line will compress the kernel and still call it "netbsd" on the
floppy. -9 will give maximum compression. The boot blocks don't care
what the filename is - it looks at the contents of the file to determine
if they are compressed or not...
If this work, let me know and it'll get added to the web pages