Subject: Re: KA675/KA680(?) Kernel available
To: Dave McGuire <>
From: Michael Kukat <>
List: port-vax
Date: 01/14/2001 10:33:03
Hi !

On Sat, 13 Jan 2001, Dave McGuire wrote:
>   Thanks for working on this.  Can you suggest a course of action for
> installing NetBSD/vax on a 4000/400 which currently runs VMS?  It has
> a TF85 tape drive.  I can stick a Qbus SCSI host adapter in it if that
> would help.  It's been a long time since I've run NetBSD/vax...too long!

At first: SHAC and KZQSA are not supported, you need a real MSCP controller to
use mass storage devices. And the easiest way to install it is via netbooting.
I never had real success with sysinst, so you can do the steps described here:

I usually have "base.tgz" and "etc.tgz" untared as netbooted root, use single-
user mode there, label the disks (don't forget disklabel -B to install the boot
sectors), newfs them, mount them, and then so a
pax -zrpe </distfiles_mount_point/base.tgz

ans so on for all packages. You have to replace the kernel then (or just copy
the kernel to the fs instead of untaring kern.tgz), don't forget to run
in /dev on the installed system, edit the fstab, maybe even edit rc.conf and
correct /etc/localtime at this step. After booting... you have a running
NetBSD/vax (usually :)


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in Windows, you sometimes see the real scene, when the fakes go out for lunch.