Subject: BETA 0 installation success!
To: None <email@example.com>
From: chas williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/01/1994 09:32:45
well this saturday i decided to try to install BETA 0--it works. My
machine is plain jane: Mac IIcx, 8M ram, Apple 8-bit video card.
A few gotchas i seemed to experience.
o) as mentioned by the previous poster using an SE/30, dev.tgz is "short".
to get around this, i unpacked it locally (on my sparc) and used
MAKEDEV to build some device nodes and made a new dev.tgz (YMMV)
Of course, i only needed to do this since, i completely repartitioned my
drive (i wanted to change the size of my swap parition)
o) for my first boot, i did as the readme suggested and booted multi-user.
i received the following message:
/etc/rc: Can't open /etc/rc
My machine then spawned a shell as root. So I configured by hand by
doing the following:
% mount -u /dev/sd2a / # to get r/w permission
% cd /etc
% cp rc.distribution rc
% cp fstab.sd fstab ; vi fstab
Boots to multi user worked fine after this. I looked in the tar files
for a "configuration" /etc/rc script but did not see anything of the kind.
What did i do wrong? (in case it matters, i did not install usr.share.doc,
usr.share.man, usr.share.dict, usr.games)
o) i tried to setup SLIP. The names for ser0, and ser1 have changed to tty0
and tty1. I went to /dev and did the appropriate MAKEDEV's and rebooted.
While rebooting, i noticed that ttyflags (in /etc/rc) spewed many strange
messages. Well, i then tried to use cu to talk to my modem. I received:
% cu -l /dev/tty0 -s 19200
cu: /dev/tty0 permission denied
rather odd, since i am root! i changed the device to be 660 and then cu
was able to open the device. But, any characters i typed did not seem to
go to my modem--i.e. i didn't see the txd and rxd lights flash as i typed.
Suspect of anything new, i commented out ttyflags -a in /etc/rc and rebooted.
Now cu worked properly (i.e. like when i was running Alpha2), and I was able
to get SLIP going (Hurrah!)
what is ttyflags -a doing? (maybe i should install the man pages)
o) both 1-bit and 8-bit moded worked for me as well for those that care.
o) oh yeah, and something funny is happening with halt. When i issue halt,
it gives me a strange message about not being able to set the battery
backed clock (provides some strange diagnostic) and then seems to hang.
i.e. it doesnt poweroff/reboot the mac. is this new behavior? am i too
All in all, it was pretty straight forward and worked (in fact, it was much
easier than changing the brakes in my car since i dont have to wash my hands
after installing macbsd)