Subject: more on bootstrapping
To: None <port-vax@NetBSD.ORG>
From: None <email@example.com>
Date: 06/09/1995 10:41:23
> My actual idea (influenced by this discussion :-) is to have a tool
> which can be loaded by /boot, uses rom-based routines to read the
> tape and uses Anders Magnussons ra-routines to write to disk. (If I
> remember correctly, the the ra-routines are also missing write-support
> so far, but it should be no big deal to add this to rastrategy.)
> I'll try derive such a small tool out of the sources for /boot and
> out of the pieces of old unfinished fragments during the weekend.
The problem I see with this is that it will only work for tapes. What I
have (not quite working yet:-) is a little program that copies from memory
to disk, assuming the boot blocks and miniroot are concatenated onto it.
Although I am booting this file in off tk50, it should work once it is
loaded into memory any old way, such as a mop boot over ethernet. (That
requires a mop server on another machine, but..) As soon as I have it working
I'll let you know so you can take a look at it and give it a try.
Anyhow, we should be able to bootstrap off of tk50 soon, rick
ps: Thanks a lot for letting me know I need to use the ra routines to
write to disk.