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[20090809] Install NetBSD from a USB memory stick the easy way
Jared McNeill dropped me a mail to hint at a project to create a bootable disk image from a NetBSD ISO image, so he can easily install it on his EeePC. The script takes an ISO file, and writes a disk image that can then be written on a memory stick using dd(1).

See also this blog posting on creating disk images from NetBSD release files (not on ISO, but therefore tested on i386 and shark :-).

Now who's going to integrate building of an install/full image into our release process? And while there, also make a VMware image? :)

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[20070425] Things you didn't know about dd(1)
... i guess: I tried to find a way on how to create a 10MB disk image with dd(1) but found that the size specifiers for bs= are not really portable, at least as long as you don't want to give full (big) numbers. NetBSD has 'm' as size multiplier, Linux has 'M', and the Single Unix Specification has no opinion on the topic. Doh.

But reading the SUSv3 dd(1) page again and a bit closer, I found that you can use the following for "bs=" (and some others): ``Two or more positive decimal numbers (with or without k or b) separated by x, specifying the product of the indicated values''

I.e. that the following command just does the right thing in a portable, standard conforming way:

dd if=/dev/zero bs=10x1024x1024 count=1 of=empty

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