Subject: Re: help the newbie?
To: None <>
From: Gordon W. Ross <>
List: port-sun3
Date: 04/05/1996 15:15:33
> From: PeeWee <>
> Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 23:40:43 -0500 (EST)

> Howdy...
> My roommate has graced our apartment with a beautiful sun 3/60.  Since I am
> the local sysadmin type, I've been "contracted" get an OS on the thing and
> get it on our network.
> I'm a newbie in the sense that, while I know my way around Solaris 2.x, Irix 
> and Linux fairly well, this is the first time I have attempted NetBSD on any
> platform.  It's also the first time that I have ever had to touch the sun3
> architecture.
> The machine currently has no OS.  I get my daily fill of NIS at work and I 
> don't want to have to touch it at home, so putting SunOS on the sucker is 
> right out.  
> So I pulled the 1.1 sun3 binaries from my local mirror and read the install
> guide.  I have a 1/4" tape drive hooked to the 3/60, so I decided that a tape
> load would be in order.  The other machine that I have access to with a 1/4"
> tape drive is a Sparc 1+ at work running Solaris 2.4.  I attempted to make my
> boot tape with the following script, which is almost straight out of the
> install guide.

That was the original 1.1 MakeBootTape script, which uses "bs=8k"
instead of "obs=8k" as the updated (patch 1) version does.  You
may want to try to find 1.1-patch-1 and use that, or better yet,
get up-to-date with current.  The 1.1-patch-1 distribution is on: /pub/NetBSD/arch/sun3/install-11-p1

There is also a patch2 there but it was never completed.
(Actually the rest of it is the same as patch 1).

Finally, in the directory /pub/NetBSD/arch/sun3/  you will find some
"current" binaries:  The latest gcc, the "fixed" netboot, current
kernels, and some binaries needed with the new kernel (newbin.tar.gz)