May 9, 2015 INSTALL 8 NetBSD

NAME

INSTALL - Installation procedure for NetBSD/sparc64.

CONTENTS

                                                              

About this Document............................................2 Quick install notes for the impatient..........................2 What is NetBSD?................................................3 Changes Between The NetBSD 6.0 and 7.0 Releases................4 Features to be removed in a later release......................4 The NetBSD Foundation..........................................4 Sources of NetBSD..............................................4 NetBSD 9.0_BETA Release Contents...............................4 NetBSD/sparc64 subdirectory structure.......................5 Binary distribution sets....................................6 NetBSD/sparc64 System Requirements and Supported Devices.......8 Supported machines..........................................8 Unsupported machines........................................9 Supported devices...........................................9 Unsupported devices........................................11 Getting the NetBSD System on to Useful Media..................11 Preparing your System for NetBSD installation.................13 Deciding on partition sizes................................13 Setting up Open Firmware...................................14 Determining how to boot from an SBUS or PCI................15 Configuration of network interfaces........................16 Installing the NetBSD System..................................16 Installing NetBSD from CD-ROM..............................16 Installing NetBSD by using the NetBSD miniroot.............17 Installing NetBSD by using a NetBSD kernel on a............17 Installing NetBSD by using a netboot setup.................18 Running the sysinst installation program...................23 Introduction............................................23 General.................................................23 Quick install...........................................24 Booting NetBSD..........................................25 Network configuration...................................25 Installation drive selection and parameters.............25 Selecting which sets to install.........................25 Partitioning the disk...................................26 Preparing your hard disk................................26 Getting the distribution sets...........................27 Installation from CD-ROM................................27 Installation using FTP..................................27 Installation using NFS..................................27 Installation from an unmounted file system..............28 Installation from a local directory.....................28 Extracting the distribution sets........................28 Configure additional items..............................28 Ensure you have the correct kernel installed............28 Finalizing your installation............................29 Manual Installation of NetBSD using Solaris................29 Preparing the disk in Solaris...........................29 Installing NetBSD Software from Solaris.................31 Creating NetBSD Device Nodes under Solaris..............31 Configuring the NetBSD system from Solaris..............31 Booting NetBSD for the first time.............................31 Post installation steps.......................................31 Upgrading a previously-installed NetBSD System................34 Compatibility Issues With Previous NetBSD Releases............35 Issues affecting an upgrade from NetBSD 6.x releases.......35 Using online NetBSD documentation.............................35 Administrivia.................................................36 Thanks go to..................................................36 Legal Mumbo-Jumbo.............................................37 The End.......................................................45

DESCRIPTION

About this Document

This document describes the installation procedure for NetBSD 9.0_BETA on the sparc64 platform. It is available in four different formats titled INSTALL.ext, where .ext is one of .ps, .html, .more, or .txt:

.ps
PostScript.

.html
Standard Internet HTML.

.more
The enhanced text format used on UNIX-like systems by the more(1) and less(1) pager utility programs. This is the format in which the on-line man pages are generally presented.

.txt
Plain old ASCII.

You are reading the HTML version.

Quick install notes for the impatient

This section contains some brief notes describing what you need to install NetBSD 9.0_BETA on a machine of the sparc64 architecture.

What is NetBSD?

The NetBSD Operating System is a fully functional Open Source UNIX-like operating system derived from the University of California, Berkeley Networking Release 2 (Net/2), 4.4BSD-Lite, and 4.4BSD-Lite2 sources. NetBSD runs on many different different system architectures (ports) across a variety of distinct CPU families, and is being ported to more. The NetBSD 9.0_BETA release contains complete binary releases for most of these system architectures, with preliminary support for the others included in source form. Please see the NetBSD website at http://www.NetBSD.org/ for information on them.)

NetBSD is a completely integrated system. In addition to its highly portable, high performance kernel, NetBSD features a complete set of user utilities, compilers for several languages, the X Window System, firewall software and numerous other tools, all accompanied by full source code.

NetBSD is a creation of the members of the Internet community. Without the unique cooperation and coordination the net makes possible, NetBSD would not exist.

Changes Between The NetBSD 6.0 and 7.0 Releases

The NetBSD 9.0_BETA release provides many significant changes, including support for many new devices, hundreds of bug fixes, new and updated kernel subsystems, and numerous userland enhancements. The result of these improvements is a stable operating system fit for production use that rivals most commercially available systems.

It is impossible to completely summarize the massive development that went into the NetBSD 9.0_BETA release. The complete list of changes can be found in the CHANGES: http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-7.0/CHANGES and CHANGES-7.0: http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-7.0/CHANGES-7.0 files in the top level directory of the NetBSD 7.0 release tree.

Features to be removed in a later release

The following features are to be removed from NetBSD in the future: