Subject: Re: How to build a boot floopy?
To: Reinoud Zandijk <>
From: Grey Wolf <>
List: port-sparc
Date: 10/04/1999 09:53:13
On Mon, 4 Oct 1999, Reinoud Zandijk wrote:

# Hi Greywolf,
# On Sat, 2 Oct 1999, Greywolf wrote:
# > I'm attempting to build a boot floopy using the INSTALL kernel as
# > a template, and I have a couple of questions:
# > 
# > 1.  Why in the *world* is this kernel so damn big?  2.7M vs 1.6M...
# Well, because it has a installation memorydisk image in it ?? A complete
# filingsystem with /bin, /sbin/, /etc, /var etc. + installation program...

Oh, it hauls everything in automagically?  Wow!  I didn't know *THAT*!
And here I am trying to crunchgen everything.

# > 2.  How do I get a root filesystem in there?
# It's allready in the installation kernel :-). It's different to Linux in
# this way. I find it more convenient this way!


# > 3.  What else needs to be done?  I assume this is a SSTO floppy,
# > 	more or less, vs. the DSTO set we used to use (am I wrong?).
# ??? what is a SSTO/DSTO ?? When you have the boot-floppies, you can
# install the stuff with `sysinst' (starts up automatically).

SSTO == "Single Stage To Orbit", DSTO == "Double Stage To Orbit".
An SSTO disk can get you from boot to installation in one go; the "old"
method was to have the boot/kernel on one floopy, after which the
first floppy was puked out and the second requested.

# > 4.  This should probably be question #2:  Is there a document on this
# > 	anywhere?  (I must be blind -- I can't seem to find one).
# Err.. try the install notes on the web-page. You can find it in the sparc
# port page..

I wasn't looking for INSTALL docs as much as how to actually generate
an INSTALL floppy (more for dizasta recovery than anything).

# Cheers,
# Reinoud

THANK you for the information!  It's not the mechanics which were
confusing me as much as that we have realigned the concept of an
install floopy.

"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards,
 for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."  --unknown;