Subject: Re: Sigh, will DSSI disks *ever* work with NetBSD?
To: Jochen Kunz <>
From: Lord Isildur <>
List: port-vax
Date: 11/20/2002 10:50:32
i dont think anybody at H-paq knows or cares or is _able_ to 
release ultrix sources anymore. If they are used to do a spec of whats 
needed and then NetBSD code written from the spec, it should be perfectly 
legit. If someone wants to see ultrix sources, contact me off-list.

happy hacking,
who wishes he had time to work on this himself!

On Wed, 20 Nov 2002, Johnny Billquist wrote:

> On Wed, 20 Nov 2002, Jochen Kunz wrote:
> > On Wed, Nov 20, 2002 at 04:27:02AM -0800, Thomas Dzubin wrote:
> > 
> > > Will DSSI ever work with NetBSD?
> > Not in the near future and possibly never. DSSI is a only different 
> > physical interface for CI. I.e. it is the same as the big star coupler 
> > coax cable based CI found on big VAXen, only with a "cheap" physical
> > interface. If we want support for DSSI disks, we have to implement a 
> > complete CI framework. This is doable, but it will be a big task and 
> > we would need documentation about CI and the accompanying protocols.
> > This stuff is made out of solid unobtainium. I had to learn this 
> > when I tried st start with DSSI support... 
> The best (and perhaps only) realistic approach is to free the Ultrix
> source, and use the mscp framework from there. Then we'd have the DSSI, CI
> and everything else supported right away.
> I've looked some at it, and if I had some time (and someone more to help
> out), I'd do the porting. But until the Ultrix sources are free to use,
> this will not become available with NetBSD.
> 	Johnny
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