How to install GRUB2 on NetBSD

This how-to explains the steps needed to install GRUB2 on an existing i386/AMD64 NetBSD-installation. The steps should work on a properly chroot'ed system too. Tested on NetBSD 6.0 AMD64:

First of all, either download the package, using pkgin install grub2, or build it yourself from package sources (/usr/pkgsrc/sysutils/grub2).

After that, generate a GRUB configuration file, which tells GRUB the positions of the operating system(s). The following command will generate such a file, while adding your NetBSD system into it's list.

# grub-mkconfig -o /grub/grub.cfg

Now, install GRUB into your hard drive's master boot record (MBR). You have to know it's device name for this step (e.g. /dev/rwd0a). Exchange /dev/rwd0a with your desired device name, then change /dev/rXXXa to /dev/rwXXXd to access the raw disk, as in the following example:

Device name :   /dev/rwd0a
Direct access : /dev/rwd0d

The appropriate grub-install command for this drive would be:

# grub-install --no-floppy /dev/rwd0d

Hopefully, it should return : Installation finished. No error reported. If it does so, simply reboot the system and you should be greeted by a nice OS-selector. If not, recheck your device names, if that doesn't fix it, search the web for the error message. Even though there aren't that much resources about GRUB on NetBSD, you'll find a lot of information at GNU/Linux-related sites which apply to this scenario as well.

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