[rescue] Sources of IRIX?
jjhudak at gmail.com
Mon Feb 13 14:19:35 CST 2017
Ummm, 'home users'...as in real engineers or so simple a cave man can do
it? I understand the point but a real commitment to the platform may have
different thresholds to different ppl. Our group started out with
one.....the disk shuffle was just part of the job. (hell, it was a lot
easier than doing a sysgen or building V7 BSD on our PDP11s)...after we
got our third one we realized the server would save a bunch of time, and
allow for quicker recovery if something went south.
On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 1:39 PM, J. Alexander Jacocks <jjacocks at gmail.com>
> It was a couple of hours, easily, the last time that I installed it on any
> of the non-last-gen equipment (i.e. Indigo 2, O2, Octane), simply due to
> the need to dynamically catalog all of the available CDs, before actually
> doing any work. Dave'e point is also very valid; not many folks are simply
> going to sit in place, and wait for CDs to needs swapping.
> Honestly, it's such an experience that I'd bet at least a few home users
> have been put off SGIs by it. Defintely, setting up an install server
> obviates the issue, but how many folks actually do that, without a
> significant commitment to the platform?
> - Alex
> On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 12:45 PM, Richard <legalize at xmission.com> wrote:
> > In article <alpine.BSF.2.20.1702121354310.1841 at blueshift.celestrion.net
> > Jonathan Patschke <jp at celestrion.net> writes:
> > > On Sat, 11 Feb 2017, Richard wrote:
> > >
> > > >> Take my word for it: you never, ever, ever want to install IRIX
> > software
> > > >> from CD-ROM. It is a horrifying orgy of disk-swapping.
> > > >
> > > > I've done it a bunch of times and it isn't as painful as you
> > >
> > > But if you're going to do it more than once, I recommend setting up an
> > > IRIX install server. Linux has support for reading EFS volumes (might
> > > need to be compiled as a module, since most OS vendors don't include
> > True, this is easier. In my case, linux machines weren't available at
> > the time, so I just did the machines one by one. We installed IRIX
> > 6.5.22 on a bunch of octanes over a period of a couple hours one
> > evening. I think I had 2 CD-ROM drives that would work at the time,
> > so there was a little bit of parallelism, but not much.
> > From the way people on this list are talking about the experience,
> > you'd think it was multiple hours per machine.
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