Subject: Re: sparc installation CD boot method
To: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
From: Paul Kranenburg <>
List: port-sparc
Date: 06/17/2001 14:43:28
> That would help, but even better (and probably essential), the script
> (.profile) loaded in boot.fs needs to prompt for the location of the
> instfs.tgz (with the default being wherever is decided is the "right"

I've added this.

> For CD booting on sparcs, since there is no magic limit on the filesys
> size, I'd actually prefer that a boot.fs for CD (and I guess for tape
> as well - I haven't used a tape to bot a sparc in well over a decade...)
> be simply made as big as necessary, and everything included in it.
> Keep the instfs.tgz version for genuine floppy booting only (though I
> know that makes more special cases, which is always worth avoiding).

Yes. I would prefer to just mount the installation root filesystem
off the CD we're booting from. Unfortunately, our cd driver does not
currently support reading the disk label on the CD that would allow
mounting the (UFS) filesystem.

I'll look up the patches I once made to see if this can be fixed in
a future release.