April 23rd, 2003, 17:39
Does anyone here know if it is possible to install a scaled down version of OppenBSD onto a Zip disk (100mb or 250mb)? Does OpenBSD support Iomega Zip Drives? If not what BSD flavour does, if any?

April 23rd, 2003, 18:03
As long as those things are bootable, you can fit an OpenBSD install into 250mb no prob, and with a bit of work into under 100mb as well.

I don't know if they are bootable, i suppose that depends on your BIOS?

April 25th, 2003, 01:46
My bios can boot removable media. So I guess I will give it a try this weekend.

April 25th, 2003, 02:21
For a 250mb install, you will be able to fit base33.tgz, etc33.tgz and man33.tgz with space left over for more. I don't know what you plan on doing with the machine, so here's the total space required for each 3.3 install set, in kb:

base33.tgz 90692
etc33.tgz 5928
man33.tgz 22444
misc33.tgz 6376
comp33.tgz 51012
game33.tgz 6084
xbase33.tgz 32776
xfont33.tgz 36908
xserv33.tgz 41391
xshare33.tgz 9112

Everything comes to 302723. If you left out comp and man, you could fit all of X on there as well, w/o any changes to the sets.

For 100mb install, you may be able to fit base33.tgz and etc33.tgz, but you'll have little room left, if any. base+etc takes about 96mb, so with formatting you may not be able to fit that. Instead, the easiest thing to do would be remove perl, or just its libraries - /usr/libdata/perl5 takes up 29mb - make a new install set from that, and use it as base33.tgz.

Good luck.

April 27th, 2003, 21:47
Don't know if you got around to it, but i managed to boot OpenBSD 3.3 off a 100mb scsi zip disk.

April 27th, 2003, 21:53
just bored over the weekend frisco? Have some time to kill.

April 27th, 2003, 22:07
HEY! I got it working! Booted off of it this morning. Working like a champ. I only loaded the base,etc,man, and the X stuff. Everything fit nicely and the system seems pretty stable. Thanks for your help guys.

April 27th, 2003, 22:16
awesome d00d glad to hear it. :) :)

May 1st, 2003, 21:24
just bored over the weekend frisco? Have some time to kill.

Well, besides insomnia keeping me up, i have a bunch of zip disks from a while ago when i had a zip drive and a PowerMac 7100 was my only machine. They're all hfs with a variety of interesting data on them (files from 1995-8 or so). I haven't used the mac for a while but i still have a couple zip drives. So once i read this topic i decided it was time to put one of the drives in my OpenBSD box and grab the data off those old disks.

On OpenBSD, i do:
dd of=/tmp/zip01.dd if=/dev/rsd0c count=196608 bs=512

Transfer the file over to linux (no hfs support on OpenBSD) and do:
mount -o loop -t hfs /tmp/zip01.dd /mnt/zipiso

And to tie it all together, i decided to try installing OpenBSD onto a zip since i had the drive in there.