Subject: Re: SCSI drives and Sun 3/50's...
To: None <port-sun3@NetBSD.ORG>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
List: port-sun3
Date: 11/24/1995 04:55:02
> I recently picked up a Sun 3/50 for the sole purpose of playing with
> NetBSD.  At present the machine has no hard drive,

Good luck.  I've had no success running recent NetBSD diskless; I think
NFS is sufficiently broken (or perhaps merely shows up brokenness
elsewhere) that it's not usable.

> 3) Assuming one of the drives in 2) works, will a "dd" be sufficient
>    to install a sun-compatible disk label/root partition on the
>    drive?

Yes.  I have a program I can send you that lets you edit Sun disklabels
"by hand"...but you'll have to construct one first and install it
yourself, 'cause the program doesn't let you tweak much besides the
partition table.

>    (I'm not sure how I'll get the root partition on the drive, but
>    that should be a minor detail).

Use a vnd on your Amiga.  Size it to match the root partition, newfs it
with flags to set the parameters to match the disk; mount it and build
the root filesystem there (eg, extract tarballs).  Unmount, unconfigure
the vnd, and drop it onto the disk with dd.  Don't forget to save the
label first and restore it afterwards.

This assumes the Amiga is big-endian, same as the Sun-3 - I don't know
Amigas.  If not, the filesystem built in the vnd won't be compatible.

					der Mouse