[rescue] Sparc OS Install over serial

Adam Kropelin akropel1 at rochester.rr.com
Wed Jan 7 18:26:27 CST 2004

Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
> On Wed, 7 Jan 2004, Adam Kropelin wrote:
>> If the PROM can keep up with commands at 9600 baud you just need a
>> script to convert your binary into a series of PROM commands. Then
>> just cat the darn thing out the serial port. No "server" software
>> needed.
> That's essentially what I'm saying.  However, unless you were booting
> the same OS each time, you'd want a tool that could load an arbitrary
> kernel image.  VTserver has the framework in place to do such a thing,
> plus it can act as a terminal.
> However, there's no reason that the "compiler" that generates OBP
> commands from a blob of machine code couldn't be a self-contained
> external entity.  That would let you do what you describe.

Right-o. I like the standalone "compiler" option because it gives you a very
quick return on your investment. No porting, just a little hexdump + sed
magic. If that proof-of-concept works, then portiong VTserver would be a
natural follow-on.


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