VAX 11/725

From: Michael Sokolov <msokolov_at_ivan.Harhan.ORG>
Date: Mon Dec 6 15:20:28 2004

Brad Parker <> wrote:

> I hacked the netbsd boot program so it will copy via nfs to tape or
> disk.

With 4.3BSD-Quasijarus1 you won't have to resort to using pieces from NetBSD
to do what you've done. It will have a standalone netcopy program that will
be like current copy (which copies the miniroot from magtape to disk as the
first step in full bootstrap) except that it will copy from a TFTP server
instead of magtape. As I wrote in my previous post, it will only be
officially supported for bootstrapping your little MicroVAXen from your
main big VAX which was itself bootstrapped from magtape, but if you want
to step into not-officially-supported land, you'll be able to put netcopy
on a TU58 and thus use it on your 730, and even use a lesser machine (even
a pee sea) instead of a larger VAX for the TFTP server. But to make this
work on a UNIBUS machine with DEUNA/DELUA, you'll have to write the
standalone de driver yourself, I won't write it because UNIBUS VAXen are
not officially netbootable. And you'll have to have access to some other
VAX running UNIX (at least a guest account) to recompile netcopy with your
de driver.

> I ended up booting the miniroot and then using "rcp" to copy the tar files
> which would normally be on the install tape into my disk (I have ra90,
> which are big).

You could have used rsh | tar.

Received on Mon Dec 06 2004 - 15:20:28 GMT

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