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1.1       mspo        1: This describes how to install NetBSD (i386/amd64) using a Memory Stick instead of a CD-ROM Drive.
                      2: 
                      3: 
                      4: 
                      5: **Contents**
                      6: 
                      7: 
                      8: 
                      9: [[!toc levels=3]]
                     10: 
                     11: 
1.2       jdf        12: #With an downloaded image
                     13: From NetBSD 5.1.2 on for the i386 and amd64 ports it is possible to download a 
1.4       wiki       14: memory stick image for installing instead of downloading and transforming a CD image.
1.2       jdf        15: 
                     16: This section describes in detail how to use this method. If you want to create 
                     17: an image yourself, please see below.
                     18: 
                     19: ##Downloading the installation image
                     20: Installation images are available on the [NetBSD
                     21: mirrors](http://www.netbsd.org/mirrors/) under the images/ directory, their
                     22: filenames match the *install.img.gz pattern.
                     23: 
1.3       wiki       24: For example if we want to download NetBSD 6.0 for i386:
1.2       jdf        25: 
1.3       wiki       26:     # ftp ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.0/images/NetBSD-6.0-i386-install.img.gz
1.2       jdf        27: 
                     28: ##Copying the installation image to the memory stick
                     29: To prepare the memory stick under a Unix system you can just use
                     30: [[!template id=man name="dd" section="1"]].
                     31: For example if the memory stick is recognized as sd0 (**Warning: this will
                     32: overwrite all the contents on your memory stick**):
                     33: 
1.3       wiki       34:     # gunzip NetBSD-6.0-i386-install.img.gz
                     35:     # dd if=NetBSD-6.0-i386-install.img of=/dev/rsd0d
1.2       jdf        36: 
                     37: Whenever using dd(1), remember to set the blocksize by specifying the 
                     38: <code>bs</code> parameter, at least with a value of 4K, i.e. the call would end 
                     39: up with:
                     40: 
1.3       wiki       41:     # dd if=NetBSD-6.0-i386-install.img of=/dev/rsd0d bs=4K
1.2       jdf        42: 
                     43: ##Installation process
                     44: After NetBSD is booted from the memory stick the installation process is
                     45: usual (you can find an example in
1.5     ! wiki       46: [The NetBSD Guide](http://www.netbsd.org/docs/guide/en/chap-exinst.html)).
1.2       jdf        47: Just pay attention when choosing the installation media: if you want
                     48: to install using the installation sets on the memory stick when
                     49: [choosing the installation 
                     50: media](http://www.netbsd.org/docs/guide/en/chap-exinst.html#exinst-choose-media)
                     51: select <code>g: local directory</code> and then clear the *base* (by default it points
                     52: to release/).
                     53: 
1.1       mspo       54: 
1.5     ! wiki       55: #Build your own image
        !            56: Use
        !            57:    build.sh -U release install-image
        !            58: with your usual build settings from your src directory.
1.1       mspo       59: 
1.5     ! wiki       60: Carry on with [the instructions after download](#index2h2) above.
1.1       mspo       61: 
                     62: 
                     63: #Manual method
                     64: 
                     65: ##Make the Memory Stick bootable
                     66: 
                     67: 
                     68: 
                     69: 1 Install the Master Boot Record (MBR):
                     70: 
                     71: 
                     72: 
                     73:     # fdisk -i /dev/rsd0d
                     74: 
                     75: 
                     76: 
                     77: 2 Create an fdisk partition for NetBSD:
                     78: 
                     79: <pre><code>
                     80: 
                     81: # fdisk -u /dev/rsd0d
                     82: 
                     83: Disk: /dev/rsd0d
                     84: 
                     85: NetBSD disklabel disk geometry:
                     86: 
                     87: cylinders: 974, heads: 128, sectors/track: 8 (1024 sectors/cylinder)
                     88: 
                     89: total sectors: 997375
                     90: 
                     91: BIOS disk geometry:
                     92: 
                     93: cylinders: 974, heads: 128, sectors/track: 8 (1024 sectors/cylinder)
                     94: 
                     95: total sectors: 997375
                     96: 
                     97: Do you want to change our idea of what BIOS thinks? [n] n
                     98: 
                     99: Partition table:
                    100: 
                    101: 0: Primary DOS with 32 bit FAT (sysid 11)
                    102: 
                    103:    start 8, size 997367 (487 MB, Cyls 0-973/127/8)
                    104: 
                    105: 1: <UNUSED>
                    106: 
                    107: 2: <UNUSED>
                    108: 
                    109: 3: <UNUSED>
                    110: 
                    111: Bootselector disabled.
                    112: 
                    113: Which partition do you want to change?: [none] 0
                    114: 
                    115: The data for partition 0 is:
                    116: 
                    117: Primary DOS with 32 bit FAT (sysid 11)
                    118: 
                    119:    start 8, size 997367 (487 MB, Cyls 0-973/127/8)
                    120: 
                    121: sysid: [0..255 default: 11] 169
                    122: 
                    123: start: [0..974cyl default: 8, 0cyl, 0MB] (RETURN)
                    124: 
                    125: size: [0..974cyl default: 997367, 974cyl, 487MB]
                    126: 
                    127: bootmenu: [] (RETURN)
                    128: 
                    129: Partition table:
                    130: 
                    131: 0: NetBSD (sysid 169)
                    132: 
                    133:    start 8, size 997367 (487 MB, Cyls 0-973/127/8)
                    134: 
                    135: 1: <UNUSED>
                    136: 
                    137: 2 :<UNUSED>
                    138: 
                    139: 3: <UNUSED>
                    140: 
                    141: Bootselector disabled.
                    142: 
                    143: Which partition do you want to change?: [none] (RETURN)
                    144: 
                    145: We haven't written the MBR back to disk yet.  This is your last chance.
                    146: 
                    147: Partition table:
                    148: 
                    149: 0: NetBSD (sysid 169)
                    150: 
                    151:    start 8, size 997367 (487 MB, Cyls 0-973/127/8)
                    152: 
                    153: 1: <UNUSED>
                    154: 
                    155: 2: <UNUSED>
                    156: 
                    157: 3: <UNUSED>
                    158: 
                    159: Bootselector disabled.
                    160: 
                    161: Should we write new partition table? [n] y
                    162: 
                    163: </code></pre>
                    164: 
                    165: 
                    166: 
                    167: 3 Set the NetBSD partition active (it's partition Number 0):
                    168: 
                    169: <pre><code>
                    170: 
                    171: # fdisk -a /dev/rsd0d
                    172: 
                    173: Disk: /dev/rsd0d
                    174: 
                    175: NetBSD disklabel disk geometry:
                    176: 
                    177: cylinders: 974, heads: 128, sectors/track: 8 (1024 sectors/cylinder)
                    178: 
                    179: total sectors: 997375
                    180: 
                    181: BIOS disk geometry:
                    182: 
                    183: cylinders: 974, heads: 128, sectors/track: 8 (1024 sectors/cylinder)
                    184: 
                    185: total sectors: 997375
                    186: 
                    187: Partition table:
                    188: 
                    189: 0: NetBSD (sysid 169)
                    190: 
                    191:    start 8, size 997367 (487 MB, Cyls 0-973/127/8)
                    192: 
                    193: 1: <UNUSED>
                    194: 
                    195: 2: <UNUSED>
                    196: 
                    197: 3: <UNUSED>
                    198: 
                    199: Bootselector disabled.
                    200: 
                    201: Do you want to change the active partition? [n] y
                    202: 
                    203: Choosing 4 will make no partition active.
                    204: 
                    205: active partition: [0..4 default: 4] 0
                    206: 
                    207: Are you happy with this choice? [n] y
                    208: 
                    209: </code></pre>
                    210: 
                    211: 
                    212: 
                    213: 4 Create the NetBSD disklabel and add the partitions "a" and "d":
                    214: 
                    215: <pre><code>
                    216: 
                    217: # disklabel -i -I sd0
                    218: 
                    219: partition> a
                    220: 
                    221: Filesystem type [?] [MSDOS]: 4.2BSD
                    222: 
                    223: Start offset ('x' to start after partition 'x') [0.0078125c, 8s, 0.00390625M]: 63
                    224: 
                    225: Partition size ('$' for all remaining) [973.991c, 997367s, 486.996M]: $
                    226: 
                    227: partition> d
                    228: 
                    229: Filesystem type [?] [unused]: (RETURN)
                    230: 
                    231: Start offset ('x' to start after partition 'x') [0c, 0s, 0M]: (RETURN)
                    232: 
                    233: Partition size ('$' for all remaining) [973.999c, 997375s, 487M]: (RETURN)
                    234: 
                    235: partition> W
                    236: 
                    237: Label disk [n]? y
                    238: 
                    239: Label written
                    240: 
                    241: We haven't written the MBR back to disk yet.  This is your last chance.
                    242: 
                    243: Should we write new partition table? [n] y
                    244: 
                    245: </code></pre>
                    246: 
                    247: 
                    248: 
                    249: 5 Create a new NetBSD filesystem on partition sd0a:
                    250: 
                    251: 
                    252: 
                    253:     # newfs /dev/rsd0a
                    254: 
                    255: 
                    256: 
                    257: 
                    258: 
                    259: 6 Make the partition sd0a bootable:
                    260: 
                    261: <pre><code>
                    262: 
                    263: # mkdir /stick
                    264: 
                    265: # mount /dev/sd0a /stick
                    266: 
                    267: # cp /usr/mdec/boot /stick
                    268: 
                    269: # umount /stick
                    270: 
                    271: # installboot -v -o timeout=1 /dev/rsd0a /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
                    272: 
                    273: </code></pre>
                    274: 
                    275: ##Copy the installation sets to the Memory Stick
                    276: 
                    277: 
                    278: 
                    279: 7 For the installation you need an installation kernel and the installation sets. To get them, fetch for example a NetBSD CD-image file from a local FTP-Mirror [1](http://www.netbsd.org/mirrors/#ftp):
                    280: 
                    281: 
                    282: 
                    283:     $ cd /home/mark
                    284: 
                    285:     $ ftp -a ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/iso/4.0.1/i386cd-4.0.1.iso
                    286: 
                    287: 
                    288: 
                    289: 
                    290: 
                    291: 8 Mount the CD-image file:
                    292: 
                    293: 
                    294: 
                    295:     $ su
                    296: 
                    297:     # mkdir /image
                    298: 
                    299:     # vnconfig -c vnd0 /home/mark/i386cd-4.0.1.iso
                    300: 
                    301:     # mount_cd9660 /dev/vnd0d /image
                    302: 
                    303: 
                    304: 
                    305: 9 Mount the Memory Stick and copy the **Install kernel** and **sets**:
                    306: 
                    307: 
                    308: 
                    309:     # mount /dev/sd0a /stick
                    310: 
                    311:     # cp /image/i386/binary/kernel/netbsd-INSTALL.gz /stick/netbsd.gz
                    312: 
                    313:     # cp -R /image/i386/binary/sets /stick/sets
                    314: 
                    315:     # umount /stick
                    316: 
                    317:     # rmdir /stick
                    318: 
                    319: 
                    320: 
                    321: 10 Umount the CD-image:
                    322: 
                    323: 
                    324: 
                    325:     # umount /image
                    326: 
                    327:     # vnconfig -u vnd0
                    328: 
                    329:     # rmdir /image
                    330: 
                    331: 
                    332: 
                    333: The Memory Stick is now ready to boot the NetBSD-Install system. Just reboot and change your BIOS to boot the USB Memory Stick.
                    334: 
                    335: ##The installation process
                    336: 
                    337: 
                    338: 
                    339: If the Memory Stick boots fine, proceed with the Installation as usual, but the selection of the Install-sets is not quite intuitive:
                    340: 
                    341: 
                    342: 
                    343:     "Your disk is now ready for installing the kernel and the distributions sets [...]"
                    344: 
                    345:     [...]
                    346: 
                    347:     Install from
                    348: 
                    349:     f: Unmounted fs
                    350: 
                    351: 
                    352: 
                    353: 
                    354: 
                    355: Press RETURN and the following screen appears:
                    356: 
                    357: 
                    358: 
                    359:     "Enter the unmounted local device and directory on that device where the distribution is located. [...]"
                    360: 
                    361: 
                    362: 
                    363: 
                    364: 
                    365: Choose the following options:
                    366: 
                    367: 
                    368: 
                    369:     a: Device             sd0a
                    370: 
                    371:     b: File system        ffs
                    372: 
                    373:     c: Base directory       
                    374: 
                    375:     d: Set directory      /sets
                    376: 
                    377: 
                    378: 
                    379: Yes, "c: Base directory" is left empty, because we had copied the distribution .tgz files to the /sets directory on the Memory Stick (9.)
                    380: 
                    381: 
                    382: 
                    383: Now continue with the installation as usual. Good luck!
                    384: 
                    385: ###Alternative Method
                    386: 
                    387: 
                    388: 
                    389: An alternative setup method saves space on the Stick at the expense of sysinst automation and is therefore more advanced. This method skips the sysinst tool by copying the sets and the **normal** GENERIC Kernel instead of the install-Kernel.
                    390: 
                    391: 
                    392: 
                    393: Extract the sets from the harddisk directly on to the Memory stick (/mnt).
                    394: 
                    395: 
                    396: 
                    397:     # tar xvfzp sets.tgz -C /mnt 
                    398: 
                    399: 
                    400: 
                    401: Extract the Kernel to the target root
                    402: 
                    403: 
                    404: 
                    405:     # tar xvfzp GENERIC-kernel.tgz -C /mnt
                    406: 
                    407: 
                    408: 
                    409: All you need to do is now to create a valid /etc/fstab and modify /etc/rc.conf to RC_CONFIGURED=yes on the target root (/mnt) and reboot. All fine tuning can be done, when you're logged in. 

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