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Old 09-07-2022, 05:02 PM   #1
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Question installing NetBSD to a specified existing partition


So I've been testing some of the BSDs in qemu and then on real hardware. I have certain specific requirements including these next two.

One: the BSD must be installed to an existing partition, without disturbing any of the other partitions.

Two: the BSD must not touch the existing boot loader.

So far, OpenBSD can be made to do this. Yay!

NetBSD is another matter. After consulting documentation, and after many tries, I am beginning to suspect that NetBSD can only be installed by letting it trash everything else on the disk and then putting in its own boot-loader.

Can NetBSD correctly be installed to a specified partition without touching the rest of the SSD/HD? If so, how?
 
Old 09-14-2022, 05:05 PM   #2
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I find it strange that you haven't received any replies yet.

I have installed NetBSD in its own partition without affecting others. It was many years ago and I don't remember the details, but I'm sure it can be done.

Installing the boot loader was optional too. I used Grub instead.
 
Old 09-27-2022, 11:42 AM   #3
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I did, at one point, find an older page describing how to do it, but it did not correspond to the current installer.

Between that, and the reply (thank you), I can safely conclude that it used to be possible but now it's no longer possible. NetBSD can't be installed on a specified partition. Heh, sounds like Windows.
 
Old 09-27-2022, 11:49 AM   #4
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It may still be possible,most people here don't use BSD, so not receiving an answer isn't definitive.

Try asking on DaemonForums - https://daemonforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=16
 
Old 09-28-2022, 12:18 PM   #5
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At least it's NetBSD, by far the most friendly BSD community ever. I'm sure they will help you.

FreeBSD types will either ignore you or tell you to read 3,000 pages of documentation before you ask anything.

OpenBSD types will just ignore you.
 
  


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