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Call for Testing: USB Installation Images
Contributed by tbert on Fri Feb 28 23:32:02 2014 (GMT)
from the twiddling-your-thumb-drives dept.

Chris Cappuccio (chris@) announced the need for testing USB installer images on tech@:

Here are some potential USB installer images for OpenBSD/amd64 5.5

http://www.nmedia.net/chris/install55.fs
http://www.nmedia.net/chris/miniroot55.fs

The install55.fs contains full installation packages. The miniroot55.fs is a ramdisk-kernel only (for network installation or troubleshooting.)

Please test either on as many amd64 machines as you can with any USB flash and any USB-CF adapters that you have.

Report failures and success of each image ASAP. Test as many flash types (USB, CF-USB, old USB, new USB...) as you can.

SPECIFICALLY, IF you have a boot failure, I need to see the dmesg output (and the fdisk and disklabel output from the machine if possible to boot it another way). Any error messages displayed from the boot blocks or BIOS are also essential.

A follow-up email gives the instructions for creating the installation media:

The installation entails:

dd if=miniroot55.fs of=/dev/rsd2c

Assuming your USB key is identified as 'sd2' after you plug it in (Be careful not to write over a system disk!)

Also you can use physdiskwrite or other tools on Windows or other platforms. All tests are welcome.

As the man says, download, install, and report. If you want to make USB installer images a regular offering, your efforts are required.

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  Re: Call for Testing: USB Installation Images (mod 6/30)
by Anonymous Coward (70.167.25.99) on Fri Feb 28 23:59:50 2014 (GMT)
  YES!!! Happy days! I'll test this out ASAP. :-)
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  Re: Call for Testing: USB Installation Images (mod 11/33)
by sneaker (sneaker) (sneaker@noahpugsley.net) on Sat Mar 1 07:07:44 2014 (GMT)
  Followup number 2: http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-tech&m=139364642212486&w=2


Chris Cappuccio via openbsd.org

7:59 PM (2 hours ago)

to tech
Chris Cappuccio [chris@nmedia.net] wrote:
> The installation entails:
>
> dd if=miniroot55.fs of=/dev/rsd2c
>

Actually, for the install55.fs image, you want to specify a block size,
(or wait ages.)

dd if=install55.fs of=/dev/rsd2c bs=1m

It's something like 20x faster to specify a block size on some of mine.

The 512 byte default block size is so small, it must cause the USB key
to re-write the same physical block multiple times. These devices have
underlying blocks of 4K and larger.
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  Re: Call for Testing: USB Installation Images (mod 4/34)
by Chris Cappuccio (chriscappuccio) (chris@nmedia.net) on Sun Mar 2 21:11:15 2014 (GMT)
http://www.nmedia.net/chris/
  The changes to fdisk and /usr/src/distrib are now committed and the latest snapshot includes miniroot55.fs and install55.fs. You can download from http://ftp.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/snapshots/i386/ and http://ftp.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/snapshots/amd64/

For other reasons, the signature files are incomplete so it spits out an error during install. The same is true for install55.iso.
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  Re: Call for Testing: USB Installation Images (mod -1/27)
by Laurence Rochfort (lrochfort) (laurence.rochfort@gmail.com) on Mon Sep 22 10:40:57 2014 (GMT)
  Will USB sticks be made available for purchase in the same way as CDs?
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