NetBSD Problem Report #46905

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Subject: Download path for 6.0 RC1 likely to confuse
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>Number:         46905
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       Download path for 6.0 RC1 likely to confuse
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    install-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Sep 04 22:20:01 +0000 2012
>Originator:     Bill Kish
>Release:        NetBSD 6.0_RC1
Coyote Point Systems, Inc
Having noted the announcement on I decided to download an ISO install CD and install the new RC on a server.

The link on the blog page is where I found a large number of architecture-specific subdirectories. I chose i386 and eventually found myself at

In that directory, I found:

MD5 	        1 KB 	        8/21/12 	1:30:00 PM
SHA512 	        1 KB 	        8/21/12 	1:30:00 PM
boot-com.iso 	43946 KB 	8/21/12 	1:30:00 PM
boot.iso 	43946 KB 	8/21/12 	1:30:00 PM

I burned a CD from boot.iso

As it turned out, there were certain issues with this image. For example when the install reached the point of selecting an install media (CDROM/DVD) the mount of cd0a on /mnt2 failed with EBUSY. 

After much wasted time, I spoke with a very knowledgeable NetBSD developer who instructed me that I should have followed which is where the "good" install ISO is located. 

I am filing this bug in the hopes that someone will see how easy it is for someone to make this mistake and experience a bad outcome.
See above
Suggest having a more instructive readme file in

Also, I think it is a bad idea to have a directory named "iso" buried among all the architecture-specific directories. The tree should be reconsidered to make it more obvious.

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