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Re: Ok...FINALLY got the Indy...

> Ok...wiped the second disk and am partitioning it now.  Am I correct in
> thinking that I can use fx -x to set it up like an option drive, add a
> second efs partition, then adjust the sizes of the others as noted
> above?  How big should each be and what are they for?  Coming from Alpha,
> this sure looks quite a bit like our MILO booting method (where you need a
> small FAT partition to hold the boot loader).  I just want to avoid having
> two 2GB paritions if I'm only using a small portion of one for booting
> from...

All you need is 1 partition for root and 1 for swap, if you want additional
ones, you can add them.

> > *	Get a kernel like 'vmlinux-2.2.14-r4x00-cvs-INDY.ecoff'
> Ok...where do I find this?  I also need a URL for the tarball...

Maybe easier to check out oss.sgi.com - lots of info there, including a
complete ready-to-install redhat 5.2 distro.

> > *	Use 'dvhtool' to drop the kernel into the volume header on the 2nd
> > 	disk.  Something along these lines:
> > 	dvhtool -v add vmlinux-2.2.14-r4x00-cvs-INDY.ecoff linux
> /dev/rdsk/dks0d2vh

I just ftp'd the kernel from the box connected to the net to the Indy root

> > *	Set up a dhcp server somewhere on the lan using something like this:
> Ugh!  I forgot how to get the hardware address!  Any
> tips?  Nevermind...just found it :-P

I cheated here as well.  I passed args to the kernel to tell it its own IP,
NFS root partition and gateway.  That allowed the kernel on the irix drive to
load and then access a remote nfs drive for install.

> > *	Remove the IRIX disk from the system
> > *	Change the SCSI ID of the other disk to '1'

I didn't do either of these!

> Is this really necessary?  Couldn't I alter the environment vars in sash
> (SystemPartition and OSLoadPartition)?
> > 	You don't *have* to go through the 'dvhtool' part if you
> > don't want to, but if you don't you'll always be having to boot off of
> the 
> > network or have a efs partition on the disk that you can put the kernel
> on to
> > and then boot to that.  I'm hoping to at some point be able to figure out
> the
> > format of that volume header and be able to write something like dvhtool
> to
> > allow you to modify it.
> I'll look into this once I get booted up and running.  I've helped Alpha
> out a lot, so maybe I can apply some of that knowledge here... :-)  I'm
> assuming docs are lacking on the format of the volume header, but other
> than that, what would help to figure this out?

I kept my IRIX drive since it was a work machine.  Its there OS so I left it
on there.  The second drive already existed and was already blank!!  So I now
have a dual-boot system.

> Must be nice :-)  My Irix install seems ok thusfar.  It boots and runs
> fine, despite me playing with the second drive.  I'm lucky for that since
> I cannot re-install due to lack of media :-P

Anyone else think IRIX thrashes its drives too much?  Seems to take forever
for anything to load its got 160MB of RAM or something like that.

Now that it works, I can load debian, but I got pissed at my windows machine
and got the OK to whipe Win95 off and load Linux, now the Indy is pretty
useful.  I wonder if they know you can buy those things for about $50 these

-- Evan

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