Subject: New NetBSD/Alpha snapshot on ftp.netbsd.org
To: None <port-alpha@NetBSD.ORG, netbsd-announce@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Chris G Demetriou <Chris_G_Demetriou@BALVENIE.PDL.CS.CMU.EDU>
Date: 10/16/1995 02:12:41
I've just put most of a new NetBSD/Alpha snapshot up on
It's available via sup, as well, and should be showing up at sup and
ftp mirrors over the next few days. I omitted bin/x11.tar.gz, because
of lack of space on the server. That will be fixed in a few days,
hopefully, when the server's 9G disk is replaced...
A list of files in the distribution is below. Supported hardware
DEC 3000 family, but this has NOT BEEN TESTED RECENTLY, and
no bugs will have been fixed. I've tested the kernel
as far as root device selection, but that was the best
I could do, for now.
AlphaStation 200 systems.
AlphaStation 400 systems.
AlphaStation 600 systems, but the built-in SCSI controllers
do not work. If you wish to use the AlphaStation 600
with NetBSD, you will need either to boot diskless, or
to get an NCR 53c810 SCSI controller.
I expect that AlphaStation 250 systems will work, as well, but i've
not tested it.
New and improved items, from the last release:
(1) improved bcopy() and bzero() support (from Trevor
Blackwell at Harvard),
(2) updated toolchain sources,
(3) working 'install -s' -- distribution binaries are now
(4) updated X11 binaries, based on the XFree86 3.1.2
distribution, included on the distribution disk
image. Unfortunately, still no X server; just
(5) working interrupt counters,
(6) mostly working GDB support (thanks in part to John
Birrell). Unfortunately, GDB doesn't properly
deal with local variables and function arguments,
but it can run properly on live processes and
core files, and is at least for getting stack
(7) user-land is now compiled with -O. I still don't compile
kernels with -O, for fear of compiler bugs --
ask me for more details of the problems i've seen,
if you want to know... I've not really investigated
the problems yet, though.
Things that I hope to get to in the relatively near future:
(1) support for the ZLXp-E2 and -E3 32-bit (TGA-family) frame
buffers, with help from Jason Thorpe.
(2) various maintenance issues, for the DEC 3000 family
(3) an X server, for AlphaStation systems with ZLXp-E1
(TGA-family) frame buffers.
(4) making the kernel compile reliably with -O.
(5) fixing boot device selection code, so that it actually
(6) KGDB support.
If anybody would like to take on any of those tasks, feel free to get
I've been remiss in responding to e-mail for the last week or so. My
e-mail delivery has been rather bursty, and i've not had time to get
to it when it's been delivered. 8-) I hope to answer various
questions people have asked this week...
I've yet to update the WWW server with information about the new
distribution, but i hope to do that this week, as well.
$NetBSD: README.files,v 1.1 1995/10/16 04:55:16 cgd Exp $
README.files This list.
Files are organized by release, numbered by year, month, and date, in
the form: YYMMDD
In each directory:
README Installation notes; probably incomplete.
STATUS Status of NetBSD/Alpha.
TODO.users Things that I think users could do to help out.
bin/ Directory with binaries for this snapshot.
bin.tar.gz Everything on the disk image except /etc,
/usr/X11R6, and the kernel.
etc.tar.gz /etc from the disk image.
netbsd.gz Gzipped GENERIC kernel (also on disk image).
netbsd.gdb.gz Gzipped GENERIC kernel w/debugging symbols.
netbsd_nfs.gz Gzipped GENERIC_NFS kernel.
netbsd_nfs.gdb.gz Gzipped GENERIC_NFS kernel w/debugging symbols.
rz25-image.gz Disk image, of an RZ25, for installation.
x11.tar.gz /usr/X11R6 from the disk image.
src/ Directory with sources for this snapshot.
Diffs from XFree86 3.1.2 used to make the
X11 binaries in the distribution.
cygnus.tar.gz Toolchain (gcc, gas, ld, etc.) sources
used to build the compiler toolchain.
sys.tar.gz Kernel sources.
userland-diffs.gz Diffs from the NetBSD-current user-land
sources used to build the distribution.