Subject: Re: Multia: installing new SRM
To: Riccardo Veraldi <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 05/12/1997 16:22:23
On Sun, 11 May 1997, Riccardo Veraldi wrote:

> Now after the dd procedure when I reboot the system I guess I have to use the
> disklabel utility, but I have not really undrstood how to use it.
> I looked at the disklabel man page on Digital Unix but I guess if it is
> different from the one of NetBSD.

Did you read the NetBSD man page? It should be on that rz29 image
that you booted from.

I generally find that the easiest way to label a disk is to dump
a copy of the label to a file with `disklabel sd7 >file', edit the
file, and then relabel from the file with `disklabel -R -r sd7

> So I would appreciate very much if someone could help me with disklabel.
> After dd the rz25 image I would like to set up my system in this way:
> / and /var on the sd0 device this means on the internal disk
> and /usr /home and swap on the external disk rz29.
> Actually I have this configuration on digital unix:
> root /usr swap1 on external rz29 disk
> /var and swap2 on the internet disk.

You would be much better off keeping root and swap on the same
disk. I recommend you bootstrap yourself by making the internal
drive one large root partition plus swap and installing on that.
Then when you've got a basic system booting from that, you can set
up the external drive as you like and make it bootable. Then you
boot from the external drive and do what you will with the internal

> then an other thing...where to find the Netscae for NetBSD for Alpha?

It's not available, unfortuantely.

> I would like to update the firmware for my srm console.
> I am unable to do it because the internal jumper is set in a way that it
> prevents the ROM to being written so I cannot update.
> How I have to set up the jumpers on my mainboard and where to find them
> inside?

There should be a Multia manual kicking around on Chris's DEC
documentation page. Go to, choose `ports' then
`alpha', and look for Chris's DEC docs page from there.


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