Subject: Re: IPC 12 MB of RAM is running out of memory during install of
To: David Laight <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: port-sparc
Date: 02/20/2005 13:30:44
On Sat, 19 Feb 2005, David Laight wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 19, 2005 at 01:04:43AM +0100, Tru Huynh wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am try to install NetBSD-2.0 from the multi-arch CDROM
>> on a IPC with only 12MB of RAM (12x1MB).
>> The system boots from the CDROM and begin the installation but can't proceed
>> after failing to disklabel or running /bin/sh from the utility menu.
>> This is by no means critical, I just wanted to know if it "normal".
> I'd suspect that it isn't surprising...
> I've not tried a sparc install on a system with limited memory, but
> the standard i386 install won't run in less that 16MB.
> You may need to build a smaller kernel and netboot it.  Then install
> by exploding the required .tgz files.

 	A variation would be to netboot an INSTALL kernel without
 	ramdisk and then nfs mount the contents of the normal INSTALL
 	ramdisk - that should give you plenty of room.
 	Alternatively if you have more than one disk, manually add a
 	scratch disk as swap space immediately after booting.
 		David/absolute       -- No hype required --