Subject: Re: Newbie: Would like assistance installing on SGI O2
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From: ozone <>
List: port-sgimips
Date: 06/08/2006 12:04:52
> This should also work, as long as the "Computer" running the tftpd
> is reachable from the O2. But there are also tftp servers around for
> other OS, like Windows. Eg. Cisco could have one for free download,
> as tftp is also needed to update Cisco devices.

worthy of note: the SGI PROM implementation is, ah, "deprecated" enough
that it treats port numbers as a *signed* 16-bit number, which means it
won't play well with some tftpd implementations. (i believe this is
mentioned somewhere in the install documentation.) in practice, i could
only get it to boot from a netbsd tftp server (how fitting).

along similar lines, the older SGI PROMs (indy, indigo) will not recognize
or boot from newer SCSI drives, so you have to keep an old 18G or smaller
unit to boot from. bsd kernel doesn't care. it's reminiscent of the olden
PC limitation wherein you can use any disk you want as long as the kernel
and bootloader are somewhere the BIOS can find them.

> Probably it is also possible to boot the kernel from the tftp server
> and then install from the CD, then you don't need the ftp server.

or an nfs root, for that matter -- it's actually one of the easier net
installs, and works really well in hostile environments.