[rescue] OpenBSD on an SS5 - argh!

Mike Parson mparson at bl.org
Fri May 14 15:57:42 CDT 2004

On Fri, May 14, 2004 at 03:00:22PM -0500, Micah R L wrote:


> And yeah, it can netboot. It was just more trouble than it was
> worth... complicated. For one thing, the netboot docs sucked ("at this
> step, populate a / filesystem". WTF? How is that helpful?), and I
> didn't want to mess with it since I only needed it to netboot ONCE for
> the install and then boot from local disk after that. <grr>

I've got enough sparc systems that I went through the pain once, long
time ago, then just update it when I get a new system that needs an OS
loaded.  There's an OBSD netboot install image you can feed the sparc,
has the kernel and miniroot all in one file, boots up and starts the

If you're going to be installing more than a couple of times, it's worth
the pain.

The 'populate a / filesystem' stuff is if the box is gonna have nothing
local and run everything off the nfs server (which I do for a couple of
systems).  Not needed if you're just netbooting the install image.

Michael Parson
mparson at bl.org

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