Subject: Re: IPC 12 MB of RAM is running out of memory during install of NetBSD-2.0
To: Henry Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Andreas Hallmann <email@example.com>
Date: 02/22/2005 10:07:40
Henry Nelson wrote:
>On Sat, Feb 19, 2005 at 01:04:43AM +0100, Tru Huynh wrote:
>>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.
>Maybe it's no help, but I have installed both 1.4.3 and 1.5.2 on an IPC
>with only 12MB of memory (actually the former with only 8MB) by floppy/ftp.
>I have had sysinst fail at disklabel with 1.6.2 on machines with more
>memory (36MB). AFAICT, this happens on machines where I have used a
>hard disk which has never been in a Sun. Until I work things out, I'll
>just format these disks first with Solaris2.6, which seems to solve the
I put >Schily's sformat into pkgsrc. Old sun users know it as the first
and still best disk format and repair program.
You can use it to build a sun disklabel.
Yes I had problems with sysinst without perfect sun disklabels.
I had some suns with NeXTstep/sparc running.
They use a sun label with all partitions starting at 0 with 0 sectors to
protect there selves
against SunOS/Solaris boots on other disks.
This Labels made sysinst core dump.
But sformat solved this issue for me.
Sorry but I didn't manage to make sformat statically linked, since
live in there own build evironment -- It took me to days of trial and
error to find a way to let them live in pkgsrc.
Give it a try. Once you made yourself confortable with the large set of
you can even bring dead drives back to live. sformats surface analysis
and setting of disk
parameters is cleary part of best engeneering I ever saw. Discs repaired
with sformat are definitivly