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      1 ### Installing NetBSD on Linode
      2 
      3 In this short guide I will show you how to install NetBSD amd64
      4 6.1.4 on a Linode VPS.
      5 First you will have to create a 64MB ext3 disk image to hold
      6 the DomU kernels.  Create a second raw disk image to be used as
      7 your NetBSD root partition.
      8 
      9 Prepare to reboot into rescue mode and allocate the kernel disk
     10 accordingly:
     11 
     12     /dev/xvda: kernel # your small ext3 disk image
     13 
     14 Now boot into Finnix and copy the DomU kernel images:
     15 
     16     # mkfs.ext3 /dev/xvda
     17     # mount /dev/xvda /mnt
     18     # curl -O ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.1.4/amd64/binary/kernel/netbsd-INSTALL_XEN3_DOMU.gz
     19     # curl -O ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.1.4/amd64/binary/kernel/netbsd-XEN3_DOMU.gz
     20     # gzip -d netbsd-INSTALL_XEN3_DOMU.gz
     21     # gzip -d netbsd-XEN3_DOMU.gz
     22     # mv netbsd-INSTALL_XEN3_DOMU /mnt/kernel-install
     23     # mv netbsd-XEN3_DOMU /mnt/kernel
     24     # umount /mnt
     25 
     26 Once that's done, you can shutdown Finnix.
     27 
     28 Create a new configuration profile, call it NetBSD
     29 select the `pv-grub-x86_64` kernel.  Allocate the disks
     30 as shown below:
     31 
     32     /dev/xvda: root   # your rootfs disk image
     33     /dev/xvdb: kernel # the kernel disk image
     34 
     35 Set the root device to `/dev/xvda`.
     36 
     37 Boot your new configuration profile.  You will be presented with a
     38 a pv-grub command line.  Boot into your NetBSD DomU install kernel:
     39 
     40     grubdom> kernel (hd1)/kernel-install
     41     grubdom> boot
     42 
     43 Install NetBSD as usual and choose the target disk to be
     44 `/dev/xbd0`.  Once you are done, shutdown the machine.
     45 
     46 Reboot your configuration profile and select the NetBSD DomU kernel.
     47 
     48     grubdom> kernel (hd1)/kernel
     49     grubdom> boot
     50 
     51 You should be presented with the login prompt.
     52 
     53 At this point, you may consider mounting the kernel disk under
     54 /extboot.  You should also be able to set up a GRUB configuration file
     55 to allow the system to boot without human intervention.
     56 
     57 Cheers!
     58 
     59 sin@