[rescue] New to me IPX
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Tue Feb 15 19:09:16 CST 2005
On Tue, 15 Feb 2005, Chad Fernandez wrote:
> Does this necessarily mean that the HD was wiped during decommissioning?
Most likely, yes.
> How likely would the machine have been set up to net boot?
Probably not that likely. If you have a hard drive in the machine,
you'll want to store enough of the OS to boot up and have swap. Many
machines of that age had /usr on a remote filesystem because of their
tiny internal drives, though.
> If I do a printenv the boot-file value is blank, do I need to specify
> a boot file?
I'm pretty sure it defaults to /unix or /vmunix if it's blank.
> Does an online resource exist that would tell me about the various
> values and functions in Openboot? I've been poking around in it, but
> I get the feeling like I'm only seeing part of it.
OpenBoot is a fairly complete Forth programming environment. For just
hacking around with the Forth part of it, any ANS Forth reference will
do. For using it in the context of a boot monitor, here's the Sun
Unless you feel like setting up a net-boot server, you'll probably want
to find a Sun-compatible SCSI CD drive (pretty much any of them with a
blocksize of 512byes or a jumper that can select between 2048 and 512)
in an external box and boot from the CD drive.
Jonathan Patschke ) "Let me hear you make decisions
Elgin, TX ( without your television."
USA ) --Depeche Mode, "Stripped"
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