cvs commit: src/release Makefile

Scott Long scottl at
Tue Jan 31 12:39:47 PST 2006

On Tue, 31 Jan 2006, Wilko Bulte wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 31, 2006 at 02:13:07PM -0500, Ken Smith wrote..
>> On Mon, 2006-01-30 at 09:30 -0500, Ken Smith wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2006-01-30 at 14:24 +0000, Ken Smith wrote:
>>>> kensmith    2006-01-30 14:24:31 UTC
>>>>   FreeBSD src repository
>>>>   Modified files:
>>>>     release              Makefile
>>>>   Log:
>>>>   Enable splitting up the MFSROOT floppy on amd64, the contents now overflow
>>>>   one floppy's worth of space.
>>>>   Revision  Changes    Path
>>>>   1.898     +1 -0      src/release/Makefile
>>> Note: I'm guilty of a pretty big crime here.  I can't locate my USB
>>> floppy drive at the moment and don't have any amd64 machines with "real"
>>> floppy drives in them.  I'll go buy another USB floppy drive tonight and
>>> test that the resulting floppies actually work.
>>> But we're overflowing the MFSROOT floppy and release builds on amd64
>>> were broken as a result.  If this commit does somehow result in busted
>>> floppies we need to fix other stuff to make it work, unless we somehow
>>> make what's needed in the MFSROOT floppy smaller we need split-floppies
>>> to work...
>>> I'll test ASAP regardless.
>> Seems they work...
>> Five floppies.  Fun wow...  :-)
> Reminds me of Slackware version 0.0 or somesuch :)  Or 386BSD 0.1 + PK
> for that matter :)))

That was 8 floppies, iirc.

Note: this amounts to life support for floppies.  The end IS coming.  What 
we need is for people to start working out the kinks of using usb ram 
drives to run the installer.  This isn't the same as running nanobsd or 
picobsd, this is about creating an image like the CD bootonly ISO that 
can be easily transfered to USB and run at boot.  The target size should 
be 32MB or less.  I don't know what kinks there are, but I do know that we
should start focusing on that instead kicking floppies around 
some more.  I do not expect to ship FreeBSD 7.0 with floppies.  I've heard 
all the sob stories about everyone's shiny new server only includes 
support for floppies and MFM disks and how cd's and netbooting just aren't 
an option.  Tough luck :-)  Seriously, the end is coming for floppies. 
This is the official 18 month warning.


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