[rescue] sunos 4.1.1 cdrom image ?

Scott Quinn saquinn624 at aol.com
Sat Dec 3 14:44:02 CST 2011


> IRIX requires a dozen or so CDs to install properly.  All
> that disc shuffling will give you nightmares.
My usual way of installing IRIX:

1. Connect external SCSI disk that contains all packages /
Install-CDs-contens in directories. (AFAIK you can copy all packages
into a single directory.)

2. Boot off CDROM.

3. Goto shell from the installer and mount external disk.

4. Manually add software repositories from premounted disk.

5. Install.

This way you need the CD-ROM only for booting the machine. Instalation
is done entirely from the external disk. Much, much faster and
convenient then CD-shuffling.

Though: You need a running SGI to prepare the external disk. (But a
"cold" machine just booted off the installation CD will suffice, if you
know enough of IRIX to prepare the disk from the limited install


Depends on the release. IRIX 6.2 and 6.5 are quite happy to install from an
XFS filesystem, so provided that your version of IRIX supports XFSv2 you can
create your disk on a Linux box. Yes, there is even one of the utilities out
there that will write a SGI disklabel (can't remember what it is, never used
it, but can distinctly remember seeing that in the docs and making a note of
it). Haven't tried it, but you might be able to do a "hybrid" install, with
the "sa" file (containing the miniroot and standalong fx) served over bootp
and the packages/install media on the SGI-local  hard drive so you don't need
to worry about remote oddities.

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