Re: Boot floppies 2.2.19
Ethan Benson <email@example.com> writes:
> On Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 10:19:53AM -0500, Adam Di Carlo wrote:
> > Well, Dan, the big ticket question is whether you fixed the bug 69161,
> > the only RC bug against the boot-floppies.
> the quik install does actually work, the problem is you must
> reconfigure OpenFirmware in order for quik to ever be loaded.
> normally on these machines (oldworld powermacs) OpenFirmware is
> configured to just `boot' a MacOS ROM chip which has its own bootstrap
> method for finding a copy of MacOS. thus the boot-device variable
> must be changed to have OpenFirmware instead load a bootblock off the
> bootable partition instead of the MacOS ROM.
> the hard part about this is figuring out the right OpenFirmware device
> path to the hard disk in question i have solved this on most machines
> with a script, ofpath i adapted which mucks around /proc figuring out
> the path. its in the yaboot package. in thoery dbootstrap could use
> this utility to get the path and then run nvsetenv to change the
> OpenFirmware configuration so quik would be booted. but i think dan
> prefers not open this particular can of worms. a much safer solution
> is to fix the documentation stating that the user must manually use
> ofpath and nvsetenv to reconfigure OpenFirmware. that command is as
> nvsetenv boot-device "$(ofpath <rootdev>)"
> where <rootdev> is the root partition node, eg: /dev/sda2
> i should have put this in my documentation patch regarding newworld
> yaboot setup but i didn't think of it :/ i could put together another
> documentation patch if requested.
That would be excellent.
.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>