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Re: Halt in boot menu

On Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 12:58:12PM -0600, Michael L. Hitch wrote:
> On Sat, 28 Jul 2012, John Klos wrote:
> >The halt command in the boot menu on VAXen doesn't really halt -
> >wouldn't halt more likely drop one into the boot ROM prompt? It
> >reboots using the default boot device. Sounds like a reboot
> >command to me.
> >
> >Would anyone mind if I changed this?
>   Change it to say reboot, or change it so it actually halts?
>   Some models require special setup for the "console program mailbox"
> to indicate whether the halt instruction will halt or reboot.  The
> halt routine in /boot just executes the halt instruction without doing
> any of the setup required to tell the console to actually halt.

Right, some models have a physical switch that controls the action,
like the 11/750; I can't remember whether it can be overriden by software.


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