flashrd creates OpenBSD images tailored for embedded hardware devices and for executing from a virtualized environment. It installs a complete OpenBSD system with "one-touch" upgrade capability. It boots from a ramdisk to make in-place upgrades easy and complete. flashrd partitions for read-only operation by default, to minimize flash wear.
|Implementation||OpenBSD ksh Flash Media|
Release Notes: This release adds easier "in-place" upgrades to new images, using onetime.tgz. Now you can just add one line to your rc.conf.local, rc.local, and/or rc.shutdown files which get unpacked from onetime.tgz. There's no hand-merging of any flashrd bootstrap or shutdown code during upgrade. This release adds consolidation of vardirs/tardirs variables and better explanation (built into rc.flashrd.sub) of what goes where.
Release Notes: Many practical usability fixes, including better ability to find out what happened after a major failure. A lot of script cleanup, and better command line argument handling and TMPDIR support. Shrinks the ramdisk kernel significantly, using crunchgen, and by removing ancient ISA devices, (this is a workaround for reliability issues on certain i386 systems that exhibit failures with large kernels). Reliably detects errors when saving /var. Saving vnddirs (such as /var) is consistently successful (version 1.1).
Release Notes: This release doesn't archive sockets, as this ruins the return value which it depends on from tar. OpenBSD 5.2 images are available.
Release Notes: Extraneous information is no longer displayed during boot and disk root auto-detection.
Release Notes: The combination of disk autodetection with onboot.tgz allows you to use one openbsd.vnd image across a wide variety of machines while keeping local customizations available on each flash under separate cover. There is basically no reason to ever modify the vnd file or run cfgflashrd with this version of flashrd. bnx firmware has been added. A disk autodetection routine has been added that locates openbsd.vnd across sd3a, sd2a, sd1a, sd0a, wd3a, wd2a, wd1a, and wd0a in that order. Put /flash/onetime.tgz on the disk and the files inside it will be copied to openbsd.vnd upon boot (only once).