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This page attempts to document and coordinate efforts towards NetBSD/evbarm on Raspberry Pi.

(Raspberry Pi image by Christopher Lee used under CC-By-2.0 license)

Installation

Installation with sshramdisk image

Updating the firmware

Additional links

What works

What needs work

Hello,

it seems one of the first steps during the installation process is misleading, on the evbarm / raspberry pi platform. I ran into the issue, so as two mailing lists members recently did (and probably more people giving a try to netbsd on raspberry pi).

I would like to edit this page http://wiki.netbsd.org/ports/evbarm/raspberry_pi/ and add a note about selecting the HEAD installation sets rather than the default:

(A) IP Address during setup: As the net_rp.img install image uses DHCP at boot time, you will need to select DHCP during network configuration, or give your initial setup the very same IP received at boot time. You could change this later, but not on first boot and install run, else it will disconnect your remote connection.

(B) Install sets: As the raspberry pi port is still not part the stable release, you will want to use the HEAD branch to download installation sets. Have a look at http://nyftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD-daily/HEAD/ and watch for the current YYYYMMDDHHMMZ branch. Use this timestap to adjust host and directory settings:

a: Host nyftp.NetBSD.org b: Base directory pub/NetBSD-daily/HEAD/YYYYMMDDHHMMZ (it will look like pub/NetBSD-daily/HEAD/201305220150Z)

(C) Partitioning: During the partitioning process, do not delete or format the first MSDOS (FAT) partition, as the Raspberry pi firmware is hard coded to boot on the SDCAD / 1st MSDOS partition / Firmware updates and boot loader.

When selecting partition types, remember you are using a SDCARD, nonvolatile flash memory wears slowly as writes are done. You may consider using non journaled filesystems (no log or LFS) and adjust mount options (noatime, nodevmtime).

Kind regards, Mat

Comment by mat [clavid.com] early Saturday morning, June 1st, 2013
Hey I integrated some of your notes into the page.
Comment by mspo mid-morning Saturday, June 1st, 2013
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