Subject: Re: NetBSD on Jensen, restarting..
To: Chris G. Demetriou <>
From: Wilko Bulte <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 10/15/1997 19:53:24
As Chris G. Demetriou wrote...
> > As Ross Harvey wrote...
> > > 
> > > Get the platform working with existing netboot code first. Only when
> > > everything is working diskless should you screw around with a new driver.
> > 
> > Maybe I'm missing your point: this would mean that I need to get a DE422
> > (that's what the Jensen has) driver working. 
> > 
> > I currently have D-Unix on the first disk, NetBSD 1.2 on the second.
> > I can use D-Unix to drop test kernels, generated by the Multia, onto
> > the Jensen's NetBSD disk. 
> > 
> > Isn't that an easier approach than netbooting? It's probably easier
> > for me to get a Adaptec 1742A driver working than a DE422 one (I've
> > done SCSI drivers in the distant past, networking drivers are unchartered
> > territory).
> You don't need to have a de422 driver working to netboot.  you might
> just have the firmware load & run your kernel, and then use the disk
> once you get around to mounting root.  (porting the ahb driver
> shouldn't be _too_ hard, i don't think.)

Other messages seem to indicate it might even work out of the box (wow!) 

> There's a _lot_ to be done before you can actually get to the point of
> mounting root, though.  For that (perhaps long) period of time, the
> ability to boot kernels from the network can make reboot cycles go a
> lot faster.

OK, I'll take your advice and will setup netboot server on the Multia.
Ross has offered his help and support so that I can discuss things
offline (off port-alpha that is).

> The Jensen is a funky box.  Right now, mounting root is the least of
> your worries.  8-)

So it seems... %-)

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