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Old 9th December 2023
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I would like to try NetBSD but I cannot find a description of the installation programs.

From the installation directory:
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NetBSD-10.0_RC1-amd64-bios-install.img.gz         06-Nov-2023 02:33  824M
NetBSD-10.0_RC1-amd64-bios-install.img.gz.torrent 07-Nov-2023 14:10   32K

NetBSD-10.0_RC1-amd64-install.img.gz              06-Nov-2023 02:29  825M
NetBSD-10.0_RC1-amd64-install.img.gz.torrent      07-Nov-2023 14:10   32K

NetBSD-10.0_RC1-amd64-live.img.gz                 06-Nov-2023 02:41  431M
NetBSD-10.0_RC1-amd64-live.img.gz.torrent         07-Nov-2023 14:10   34K

NetBSD-10.0_RC1-amd64.iso                         06-Nov-2023 02:26  594M
Starting from the bottom ......
  • The "*amd64.iso" is clear, an installation image to write to a CD/DVD.
  • The "torrent" and ".gz" stuff I understand.
  • "*amd64-live.img" is an image for a live system. I assume an image for a USB stick/pen.
  • "*amd64-install.img", an USB stick image
  • "*amd64-bios-install.img", another USB stick image
What is the difference between the last two images? When do I use "*install.img", and when "*amd64-bios-install"?
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UEFI installs (& BIOS, I think) are done with install.img - UEFI still under development, but worked for me....
bios-install.img works on BIOS systems (only), the old way, before UEFI.
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I don't understand why this has not been documented somewhere ........
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Anyone have an explanation for the 824M - 594M size discrepency between the usb images and the CD iso?
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Anyone have an explanation for the 824M - 594M size discrepency between the usb images and the CD iso?
I have no real explanation. But if I had to guess

The file system on the iso is different than the image, so I would guess block sizes comes into play.
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The difference between the two USB images has been documented in the Quick install notes for the impatient from the NetBSD/NetBSD-10.0_RC4/amd64/INSTALL.html document :
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If installing via USB, you must first uncompress the USB image, which is gzipped. Note the amd64 architecture has two images, NetBSD-10.0_RC4-amd64-install.img.gz and NetBSD-10.0_RC4-amd64-bios-install.img.gz. The latter is intended for older hardware which is unable to boot using a hybrid MBR and GPT image.
This confirms the thought of bsd-keith https://daemonforums.org/showpost.ph...27&postcount=2
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