<There are a few good tricks to get PDP11 with odd configurations to load. T
Boots for this list were found in the RT11 pocket guide, the longest was
31words. Most about 20.
<first is the venerable paper tape bootstrap. It consists of only 8 instruct
<(28 bytes) and works on serial ports. It then loads the 'absolute loader'
The tu58 is also short and can load any program with code in block 0
(default boot block). the tu58 can also simulate a console driving ODT.
The best part if TU58 is serial interface and can be hooked up to any
unix/linux/dos/cpm/Whatever box that has a serial port.
<On the subject of bad blocks, V6 and V7 offered no bad block strategies.
<The DEC spec for RK05's was 200 tracks by 12 sectors by 2 surface plus 3
<bad block tracks for 4800 blocks plus 72 spare. The media was generally pre
<good, and all Unix versions used 4872 block filesystems.
the above describes a strategy.
Well, transparent or system based the blocks are allocated. CP/M does not
do block replacement but utilities can mark bad blocks by allocating them,
or revector them at the hardware level. I believe mkfs does this. Some
disks like the RQDXn do this at the hardware level.
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