Subject: Re: (LONG) Re: pmax installation
To: Andy Sparrow <>
From: Eric McWhorter <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 01/07/1997 15:07:46
Andy Sparrow writes:
 > You can't specify the partition to the DEC PROM boot program either. You
 > have to use:
 > boot 5/rz1/netbsd
 > E.g. you get to choose the disk, no finer granularity than that, AFAIK :)

I have a document that describes how to boot a 5k from another
partition, but I've never tried it myself.  I had a 2100 for NetBSD at
the time and have used it for subsequent installs, so I never got to try
this out.  Hope it helps/works!

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Date: Wed, 28 Feb 1996 13:43:54 -0500
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Subject: [ULTRIX] How To Boot From An Alternate Partition On A DS5000

[ULTRIX] How To Boot From An Alternate Partition On A DS5000

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How do you specify an alternate partition for booting a DECstation/system


The boot command to boot a DECstation/system 5000 from a partition other
than the 'a' partition is undocumented, unsupported and not
guaranteed to work.  However an example on how it might work

The console command would be -
        >> boot slot_number/rz(device_number)/filename [-a] -bb xxxxxx
where xxxxxx is the logical block address of the beginning of the
alternate partition.  An example is -
        >> boot 5/rz0/vmunix -a -bb 123456
where 123456 is the logical block address of the boot partition.

The 'bootblks' and 'Ultrixboot' files must also be located in the boot
partition.  'bootblks' can be found in the /usr/mdec partition or can
be copied from the boot tape or cdrom.  In any case, it is necessary
to use the dd command to copy the file.  Example:

        dd if=/usr/mdec/bootblks of=/dev/rrz3g conv=sync

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