Subject: VAXstation 2000: the lost weekend
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From: Russell Pavlicek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/09/2001 19:53:49
I just tried to install NetBSD on an old VS2000 I had
sitting in the basement. It simply has an MFM disk in
the box with a thinwire ethernet, so I had to do a
network boot. After trudging through various docs, I
managed to set up my Linux box to serve as a MOP
loader and NFS server. I finally got the installation
process to begin when I got my first surprise:
(1) The boot kernel does not recognize the RD5x disks
in the VS2000. The generic kernel does, however. So
I spent more time setting up a workable NFS situation
that would allow me to netboot off the generic kernel
and do the install by hand. When I finally got
everything installed, I discovered my second surprise:
(2) There is no X server. There are tarballs to
install, references to how much space to allow for X,
etc. But there is no server. And there's not a
single note to that effect that I can find in any of
the install docs. Something should be said somewhere
that there is no X server.
But just when I thought I had a working X-less system
to play with, I discovered that I had no swapfile.
Why? Because the partition table was wrong. Further
experimentation showed why:
(3) disklabel acts like it writes the partition table
when you do a "W", but when you quit and re-enter,
nothing has changed. No error message is found and no
partition info is written. When I newfs'd rd0a, I
ended up doing the entire disk. I have gone as far as
reformatting the drive under the VS2000 console (T
70), but I cannot change the darn partition table.
I have worked on this for about 26 hours this weekend
and I have nothing more to show for it than a
non-graphical diskless workstation.
Anyone have any hints to share with me?
-- Russ Pavlicek
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