Subject: Re: Various ramblings...
To: None <macbsd-general@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Sean Sweda <>
List: macbsd-general
Date: 08/22/1995 21:31:20
On Tue, 22 Aug 1995 10:02:02 PDT Monroe Williams scrawled:
>Greetings to all...
>First, an ethernet data point/success story:
>I've gotten a few error messages about the card right at boot
>time, but they don't seem to affect operation, and they only occur during
>boot. (If anybody is interested in the exact card model or error messages,
>send me mail or reply to the list.) Kudos to those who did the ethernet

Does it say something like "packet size too large"?  I was getting that
error message, then I disabled the MacOS Ethernet drivers and it went
away (just use the Network control panel to switch over to LocalTalk).
I think the Mac drivers reconfigure the card.

>Someone on the list was talking about making netatalk work under NetBSD,
>but I never saw anything about it after an initial post a while ago. Did
>this ever happen? I took a quick look at the netatalk sources, and it looks
>like the kernel stuff is just a Loadable Kernel Module, but it's written
>for SunOS; I'd have quite a bit of learning to do before I could even think
>about making a NetBSD version. (Do lkm's even work in NetBSD/mac68k? They
>don't seem to be enabled in any of the default config files...) 

I've been having trouble getting a Laserwriter to work through the
serial port.  I emailed asking if the only way to network print to a
Laserwriter was via netatalk, and the short answer is that Mac printers
are too stupid to hook up by themselves over Ethernet, however HP's
can do this (print to a Ethernet address that is).

I've talked to one of the guys here who does development work on netatalk
and he says they have to do a version for each platform.  The reason
why they have a SunOS port is that most of our machines here are Suns.
Here's hoping we see a netbsd port soon, hell, NFS sharing over netatalk
may end up being faster than AppleShare. :-)

I hope this helps.


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