On 19-May-98 Kristoff Bonne wrote:
>> > It is clear that the kernels are in a different format. (I guess the
>> > *BSD-kernels are a.out, or is that still another format).
>> I have never done anything with *BSD and I don't know how the *BSD booting
>> process works. What I do know is that there is a program "elf2ecoff" in the
>> *BSD distribution, I have done some experiments with this but had no sucess
>> converting an ELF Kernel Image into something that the DEC PROM accepts.
> OK, but what is the 'normal' boot-process for linux/mips for a personal
> decstation 5000/33?
> Is it possible to boot from a disk, or do we mandatory need a
> (a bit of a 'stupid' thing a most of the decstatiosn don't seem to boot over
> TFTP ;-) )
Actually DECstation-Linux is far from beeing productive. We are still in a
process and booting Linux from disk is still on the todo list. In fact, I am
happy that I found a way to boot the newer kernels via tftp :-).
> Should it help if I where to place a ultrix-boot on the disk?
Well, that's a difficult question to answer. I do know nothing about the *BSD
booting process, all I know is that booting from an Ultrix disk via ultrixboot
work. It may worth a try to prepare an Ultrix disk with Ultrix boot sectors and
this way. Booting linux via tftp, on the orther hand, is indeed the 'normal'
> Many thanks and
> Cheerio! Kr. Bonne.
I'm sorry that I cannot help you more. If you really want to boot from disk, you
would do a lot of people a favour (and yourself, of course :-)), if do have a
look in the way how the DECstation PROM is loading boot sectors, and if it
possible to boot from an ext2fs disk :-).
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