About this Document............................................2 What is NetBSD?................................................2 Changes Between The NetBSD 6.0 and 6.1 Releases................2 Security Advisory Fixes.....................................3 Security Fixes..............................................3 General kernel..............................................3 Networking..................................................3 File systems................................................4 Drivers.....................................................4 Platforms...................................................4 Userland fixes..............................................6 The NetBSD Foundation..........................................6 Sources of NetBSD..............................................6 NetBSD 6.1 Release Contents....................................6 NetBSD/mmeye subdirectory structure.........................7 Binary distribution sets....................................8 NetBSD/mmeye System Requirements and Supported Devices.........9 Supported devices...........................................9 Getting the NetBSD System on to Useful Media...................9 Preparing your System for NetBSD installation.................11 Installing the NetBSD System..................................11 Post installation steps.......................................11 Upgrading a previously-installed NetBSD System................13 Compatibility Issues With Previous NetBSD Releases............13 Issues affecting an upgrade from NetBSD 5.x releases.......14 Issues affecting an upgrade from NetBSD 4.x releases.......14 Using online NetBSD documentation.............................15 Administrivia.................................................15 Thanks go to..................................................16 We are........................................................16 Legal Mumbo-Jumbo.............................................22 The End.......................................................27
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The NetBSD Operating System is a fully functional Open Source UNIX-like operating system derived from the University of California, Berkeley Networking Release 2 (Net/2), 4.4BSD-Lite, and 4.4BSD-Lite2 sources. NetBSD runs on 57 different system architectures (ports) across 15 distinct CPU families, and is being ported to more. The NetBSD 6.1 release contains complete binary releases for many different system architectures. (A few ports are not fully supported at this time and are thus not part of the binary distribution. Please see the NetBSD web site at http://www.NetBSD.org/ for information on them.)
NetBSD is a completely integrated system. In addition to its highly portable, high performance kernel, NetBSD features a complete set of user utilities, compilers for several languages, the X Window System, firewall software and numerous other tools, all accompanied by full source code.
NetBSD is a creation of the members of the Internet community. Without the unique cooperation and coordination the net makes possible, it's likely that NetBSD wouldn't exist.
The NetBSD 6.1 release provides numerous significant functional enhancements, including support for new devices, integration of hundreds of bug fixes, updated kernel subsystems, and many user-land enhancements. The result of these improvements is a stable operating system fit for production use that rivals most commercially available systems.
The complete list of changes can be found in the CHANGES-6.1: http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.1/CHANGES-6.1 file in the top level directory of the NetBSD 6.1 release tree. An abbreviated list is as follows:
npf(3): Many fixes and updates. Config syntax has changed somewhat, please check your config files.
ciss(4): don't try to handle sensors if there aren't any.
isp(4): Fix FC-AL devices on QLogic ISP2100. (PR#47302): http://gnats.NetBSD.org/47302
mfi(4): Add support for LSI Thunderbolt (SAS2208) controllers.
mfi(4): Add support for running the MegaCLI Linux binary to manage the controller.
puc(4): Additional device support.
bge(4): Add support for Apple's Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter. (PR#46961): http://gnats.NetBSD.org/46961
mvgbe(4): fix a number of issues
nfe(4): Avoid bounce buffering and improve performance.
wm(4): Fix handling of 82578D and 82579V chips. Various other fixes.
fss(4): Don't crash when running multiple dump -X. (PR#47514): http://gnats.NetBSD.org/47514
fss(4): Fixed panic. (PR#47020): http://gnats.NetBSD.org/47020
ed(4)device driver for Hydra and ASDG Zorro2 bus network cards.
pthread(3): libpthread minor number was bumped for the addition of pthread_cond_setclock(). Threaded binaries built on NetBSD 6.1 will not function on NetBSD 6.0.
pthread(3): libpthread can be dlopen()ed again.
terminfo(3): Various fixes to libterminfo.
parsedate(3)where it would treat all input as if it were in the local time zone.
flock(1), inspired by the Linux program of the same name.
wsconsctl(8): add support for touchscreen calibration. (PR#45872): http://gnats.NetBSD.org/45872
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More information on the
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The root directory of the NetBSD 6.1 release is organized as follows:
In addition to the files and directories listed above, there is one directory per architecture, for each of the architectures for which NetBSD 6.1 has a binary distribution.
The source distribution sets can be found in subdirectories of the
subdirectory of the distribution tree.
They contain the complete sources to the system.
The source distribution sets are as follows:
All the above source sets are located in the
subdirectory of the distribution tree.
The source sets are distributed as compressed tar files.
Except for the
set, which is traditionally unpacked into
all sets may be unpacked into
with the command:
# cd / ; tar -zxpf set_name.tgz
In each of the source distribution set directories, there are files which contain the checksums of the files in the directory:
The SHA512 digest is safer, but MD5 checksums are provided so that a wider range of operating systems can check the integrity of the release files.
mmeyesubdirectory of the distribution:
.../NetBSD-6.1/mmeye/. It contains the following files and directories:
.morefile contains underlined text using the
more(1)conventions for indicating italic and bold display.
mmeye/binary/setssubdirectory of the NetBSD 6.1 distribution tree, and are as follows:
/usr/include) and the various system libraries (except the shared libraries, which are included as part of the base set). This set also includes the manual pages for all of the utilities it contains, as well as the system call and library manual pages.
/etcand in several other places. This set must be installed if you are installing the system from scratch, but should not be used if you are upgrading.
/netbsd. You must install this distribution set.
groff(1), all related programs, and their manual pages.
NetBSD maintains its own set of sources for the X Window System in order to assure tight integration and compatibility. These sources are based on X.Org. Binary sets for the X Window System are distributed with NetBSD. The sets are:
The mmeye binary distribution sets are distributed as gzipped tar files
named with the extension
The instructions given for extracting the source sets work equally
well for the binary sets, but it is worth noting that if you use that
method, the filenames stored in the sets are relative and therefore
the files are extracted
below the current directory.
Therefore, if you want to extract the binaries into your system, i.e.
replace the system binaries with them, you have to run the
command from the root directory (
) of your system.
NetBSD/mmeye runs on Brains mmEye, with Hitachi SH-3 CPU.
Installation is supported from several media types, including:
The steps necessary to prepare the distribution sets for installation depend upon which installation medium you choose. The steps for the various media are outlined below.
Proceed to the instructions on installation.
Once you have this information, you can proceed to the next step in the installation or upgrade process. If you're installing NetBSD from scratch, go to the section on preparing your hard disk, below. If you're upgrading an existing installation, go directly to the section on upgrading.
/etc/exportsfile on the NFS server and resetting its mount daemon (mountd). (Both of these actions will probably require superuser privileges on the server.)
You need to know the numeric IP address of the NFS server, and, if you don't have DHCP available on your network and the server is not on a network directly connected to the machine on which you're installing or upgrading NetBSD, you need to know the numeric IP address of the router closest to the NetBSD machine. Finally, you need to know the numeric IP address of the NetBSD machine itself.
Once the NFS server is set up properly and you have the information mentioned above, you can proceed to the next step in the installation or upgrade process. If you're installing NetBSD from scratch, go to the section on preparing your hard disk, below. If you're upgrading an existing installation, go directly to the section on upgrading.
If you're making the tape on a UNIX-like system, the easiest way to do so is probably something like:
# tar -cf tape_device dist_directories
is the name of the tape device that
describes the tape drive you're using; possibly
or something similar, but it will vary from system to system.
(If you can't figure it out, ask your system administrator.)
In the above example,
distribution sets' directories, for the distribution sets you
wish to place on the tape.
For instance, to put the
kern-GENERIC, base, and etc
distributions on tape (in
order to do the absolute minimum installation to a new disk),
you would do the following:
# cd .../NetBSD-6.1
# cd mmeye/binary
# tar -cf tape_device kern-GENERIC base etc
Once you have the files on the tape, you can proceed to the next step in the installation or upgrade process. If you're installing NetBSD from scratch, go to the section on preparing your hard disk, below. If you're upgrading an existing installation, go directly to the section on upgrading.
Installation mechanism is yet to be provided.
Once you've got the operating system running, there are a few things you need to do in order to bring the system into a properly configured state. The most important steps are described below.
If you or the installation software haven't done any configuration of
the system will drop you into single user mode on first reboot with the
and with the root file system
When the system asks you to choose a shell, simply press
to get to a
If you are asked for a terminal type, respond with
(or whatever is appropriate for your terminal type)
You may need to type one of the following commands to get your delete key
to work properly, depending on your keyboard:
# stty erase '^h'
# stty erase '^?'
At this point, you need to configure at least one file in the
You will need to mount your root file system read/write with:
# /sbin/mount -u -w /
Change to the
directory and take a look at the
Modify it to your tastes, making sure that you set
so that your changes will be enabled and a multi-user boot can
Default values for the various programs can be found in
where some in-line documentation may be found.
More complete documentation can be found in
When you have finished editing
at the prompt to
leave the single-user shell and continue with the multi-user boot.
Other values that may need to be set in
for a networked environment are
You may also need to add an
along the lines of
or, if you have
To enable proper hostname resolution, you will also want to add an
file or (if you are feeling a little more adventurous) run
for more information.
Instead of manually configuring network and naming service,
DHCP can be used by setting
Other files in
that may require modification or setting up include
After reboot, you can log in as
at the login prompt.
Unless you've set a password in
is no initial password.
You should create an account for yourself (see below) and protect it and the
account with good passwords.
By default, root login from the network is disabled (even via
One way to become root over the network is to log in as a different
user that belongs to group
to become root.
command to add accounts to your system.
if you want to edit the password database.
If you installed the X Window System, you may want to read the chapter about X in the NetBSD Guide: http://netbsd.org/docs/guide/en/chap-x.html
If you wish to install any of the software freely available for UNIX-like systems you are strongly advised to first check the NetBSD package system, pkgsrc. pkgsrc automatically handles any changes necessary to make the software run on NetBSD. This includes the retrieval and installation of any other packages on which the software may depend.
mmeye/6.1/Allsubdir. If you installed
pkgin(1)in the sysinst post-installation configuration menu, you can use it to automatically install binary packages over the network. Assuming that
/usr/pkg/etc/pkgin/repositories.confis correctly configured, you can install them with the following commands:
# pkgin install tcsh # pkgin install bash # pkgin install perl # pkgin install apache # pkgin install kde # pkgin install firefox ...
The above commands will install the Tenex-csh and Bourne Again shells, the Perl programming language, Apache web server, KDE desktop environment and the Firefox web browser as well as all the packages they depend on.
pkgsrc(7)framework for compiling packages can be obtained by retrieving the file ftp://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/pkgsrc/pkgsrc.tar.gz. It is typically extracted into
/usr/pkgsrc(though other locations work fine) with the commands:
# cd /usr
# tar -zxpf pkgsrc.tar.gz
After extracting, see the
file in the extraction directory (e.g.,
for more information.
/etc/mail/aliasesto forward root mail to the right place. Don't forget to run
/etc/postfix/main.cffile will almost definitely need to be adjusted. If you prefer a different MTA, then install it using pkgsrc or by hand and adjust
/etc/rc.localto run any local daemons you use.
/etcfiles are documented in section 5 of the manual; so just invoking
# man 5 filename
is likely to give you more information on these files.
The easiest way to upgrade to NetBSD 6.1 is with binaries, and that is the method documented here.
To do the upgrade, you must have one form of boot media available.
You must also have at least the
binary distribution sets available.
Finally, you must have sufficient disk space available to install the
Since files already installed on the system are overwritten in place,
you only need additional free space for files which weren't previously
installed or to account for growth of the sets between releases.
If you have a few megabytes free on each of your root
partitions, you should have enough space.
Since upgrading involves replacing the kernel, boot blocks, and most of the system binaries, it has the potential to cause data loss. You are strongly advised to back up any important data on the NetBSD partition or on another operating system's partition on your disk before beginning the upgrade process.
The upgrade procedure
is similar to an installation, but without the hard disk partitioning.
will attempt to merge the settings stored in your
directory with the new version of
Also, file systems are checked before unpacking the sets.
Fetching the binary
sets is done in the same manner as the installation procedure;
refer to the installation part of the document for help.
After a new kernel has been copied to your hard disk, your
machine is a complete
However, that doesn't mean that you're finished with the upgrade process.
You will probably want to update the set of device
nodes you have in
If you've changed the contents of
by hand, you will need to be careful about this, but if
not, you can just cd into
and run the command:
# sh MAKEDEV all
Finally, you will want to delete old binaries that were part
of the version of
that you upgraded from and have since been removed from the
Users upgrading from previous versions of NetBSD may wish to bear the following problems and compatibility issues in mind when upgrading to NetBSD 6.1.
Note that sysinst will automatically invoke
The pthread libraries from previous versions of
require that the
be set to
This affects the following environments:
The 5.0 kernel defaults to
which covers the first case.
However, please note that a full installation of 5.0
(either from scratch or through an upgrade)
to 1 during the boot process.
This means that for the last two cases, you will have to manually set
using either the
command or through
The implementation of SHA2-HMAC in KAME_IPSEC as used in NetBSD-5 and before did not comply to current standards. FAST_IPSEC does, with the result that old and new systems cannot communicate over IPSEC, if one of the affected authentication algorithms (hmac_sha256, hmac_sha384, hmac_sha512) is used.
The following issues can generally be resolved by running postinstall with the etc set:
postinstall -s /path/to/etc.tgz check postinstall -s /path/to/etc.tgz fix
Issues fixed by postinstall:
/etcneed upgrading. These include:
The following issues need to be resolved manually:
mount(8)command now requires the nosuid and nodev options to be explicitly specified. Previously, these options were automatically enforced even if they were not explicitly specified.
Documentation is available if you installed the manual
(documentation) are denoted by
Some examples of this are
The section numbers group the topics into several categories, but three are of primary interest: user commands are in section 1, file formats are in section 5, and administrative information is in section 8.
The man command is used to view the documentation on a topic, and is started by entering man [section] topic. The brackets  around the section should not be entered, but rather indicate that the section is optional. If you don't ask for a particular section, the topic with the lowest numbered section name will be displayed. For instance, after logging in, enter
# man passwd
to read the documentation for
To view the documentation for
# man 5 passwd
If you are unsure of what man page you are looking for, enter
# apropos subject-word
where subject-word is your topic of interest; a list of possibly related man pages will be displayed.
If you've got something to say, do so! We'd like your input. There are various mailing lists available via the mailing list server at majordomo@NetBSD.org. To get help on using the mailing list server, send mail to that address with an empty body, and it will reply with instructions. See http://www.NetBSD.org/mailinglists/ for a web interface.
There are various mailing lists set up to deal with comments and questions about this release. Please send comments to: netbsd-comments@NetBSD.org.
To report bugs, use the
command shipped with
and fill in as much information about the problem as you can.
Good bug reports include lots of details.
Bugs also can be submitted and queried with the web interface at http://www.NetBSD.org/support/send-pr.html
There are also port-specific mailing lists, to discuss aspects of each port of NetBSD. Use majordomo to find their addresses, or visit http://www.NetBSD.org/mailinglists/
If you're interested in doing a serious amount of work on a specific port, you probably should contact the `owner' of that port (listed below).
If you'd like to help with this effort, and have an idea as to how you could be useful, send us mail or subscribe to: netbsd-users@NetBSD.org.
As a favor, please avoid mailing huge documents or files to these mailing lists. Instead, put the material you would have sent up for FTP or WWW somewhere, then mail the appropriate list about it, or, if you'd rather not do that, mail the list saying you'll send the data to those who want it.
Keith Bostic Ralph Campbell Mike Karels Marshall Kirk McKusick
for their work on BSD systems, support, and encouragement.
(in alphabetical order)
|The NetBSD core group:|
|The portmasters (and their ports):|
|Valeriy E. Ushakov||uwe||hpcsh|
|Valeriy E. Ushakov||uwe||landisk|
|The NetBSD 6.1 Release Engineering team:|
|Alistair G. Crooks||agc@NetBSD.org|
|Jeremy C. Reed||reed@NetBSD.org|
|Robert V. Baron||rvb@NetBSD.org|
|D'Arcy J.M. Cain||darcy@NetBSD.org|
|Taylor R. Campbell||riastradh@NetBSD.org|
|Chris G. Demetriou||cgd@NetBSD.org|
|Tracy Di Marco White||gendalia@NetBSD.org|
|Jaime A Fournier||ober@NetBSD.org|
|Michael van Elst||mlelstv@NetBSD.org|
|Jason R. Fink||jrf@NetBSD.org|
|Matt J. Fleming||mjf@NetBSD.org|
|Liam J. Foy||liamjfoy@NetBSD.org|
|Simon J. Gerraty||sjg@NetBSD.org|
|Oliver V. Gould||ver@NetBSD.org|
|Jun-ichiro itojun Hagino||itojun@NetBSD.org|
|Charles M. Hannum||mycroft@NetBSD.org|
|Michael L. Hitch||mhitch@NetBSD.org|
|David A. Holland||dholland@NetBSD.org|
|Christian E. Hopps||chopps@NetBSD.org|
|Love Hörnquist Åstrand||lha@NetBSD.org|
|Lonhyn T. Jasinskyj||lonhyn@NetBSD.org|
|Min Sik Kim||minskim@NetBSD.org|
|Jonathan A. Kollasch||jakllsch@NetBSD.org|
|Johnny C. Lam||jlam@NetBSD.org|
|Martin J. Laubach||mjl@NetBSD.org|
|Frank van der Linden||fvdl@NetBSD.org|
|Cherry G. Mathew||cherry@NetBSD.org|
|Jared D. McNeill||jmcneill@NetBSD.org|
|Neil J. McRae||neil@NetBSD.org|
|Julio M. Merino Vidal||jmmv@NetBSD.org|
|Constantine A. Murenin||cnst@NetBSD.org|
|Zoltán Arnold NAGY||zoltan@NetBSD.org|
|Jeremy C. Reed||reed@NetBSD.org|
|Tyler R. Retzlaff||rtr@NetBSD.org|
|Blair J. Sadewitz||bjs@NetBSD.org|
|Karl Schilke (rAT)||rat@NetBSD.org|
|Thor Lancelot Simon||tls@NetBSD.org|
|T K Spindler||dogcow@NetBSD.org|
|Valeriy E. Ushakov||uwe@NetBSD.org|
|Mike M. Volokhov||mishka@NetBSD.org|
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