Subject: Re: NetBSD/next (was: Re: NeXTBSD - 4.4BSD for NeXTstep machines)
To: Heiko W.Rupp <>
From: Christian Kuhtz <>
List: netbsd-ports
Date: 02/12/1996 10:02:52
Moin Heiko:

Heiko W.Rupp wrote:
> > I already requested ports-next already, which will be created on Monday as
> Dont't you think that collides with ports-m68k ?

No, because we deal with a lot of NeXT specifics, and I don't want to
waste somebody else's time with it. If they want to participate, they're
more than welcome to join ports-next.

> > to the port is more than welcome on it; Monday because the pain's SA is
> > overseas right now)
> Add me ;-)

Consider it done. It's not up as yet, though.

> > It is not. But the fact that it isn't free doesn't mean I can't go, look
> > at it, find out where the hardware sits and how it'd like to be treated
> When booting, there are already some messages as to where find what:
> Feb  7 16:58:28 pilhuhn mach: fc0 at 0x2114100
> Feb  7 16:58:28 pilhuhn mach: SCSI 53C90A Controller, Target 7, as sc0
> at 0x2114000
> Feb  7 16:58:28 pilhuhn mach: en0 at 0x2106000
> Feb  7 16:58:28 pilhuhn mach: dsp0 at 0x2108000
> Feb  7 16:58:28 pilhuhn mach: np0 at 0x200f000
> Feb  7 16:58:28 pilhuhn mach: sound0 at 0x200e000

Yup. Btw: Does anyone know how *exactly* the 56k DSP is tied into the
I know some stuff about it, but not enough to write a driver for it from

> Also (not for the faint hearted) otool -Vvt /mach gives quite
> interesting output :)

I love it! :)

> If I understood that right, then there is at least a _printf in ROM,
> that can be used by the kernel to give output.

Yup. Everything in the NeXT boot ROM (which reminds me that I ought to
disassemble the whole thing one of these days...) we can use. And that
includes basic drivers for most system components.. Including a driver
for the display etc etc.. 

Heiko, what machine do you have?


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