[pups] VTServer 2.0 - Note from the Field

Ian King iking at microsoft.com
Thu Feb 22 03:58:58 AEST 2001

Further good news: it boots!  I have a V6 image from Ken Wellsch
(thanks, Ken) booting on my 11/34.  Now I have lots to figure out....
-- Ian

PS: Warren, I was mailing from the Web access client, so it was probably
HTML - sorry.  

-----Original Message-----
From: Warren Toomey [mailto:wkt at henry.cs.adfa.edu.au]
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 9:59 PM
To: Ian King
Cc: PDP-11 Unix Preservation Society
Subject: Re: [pups] VTServer 2.0 - Note from the Field

In article by Ian King:
	[ some strange Microsoft e-mail format, Ian can you send
	  plain ASCII next time, ta! ]
> A couple of notes about this:
> *	With a real PDP-11, I found it necessary to use the stty command
> for no hardware handshaking.  On Linux 2.2 and using COM1, it's:
> 		stty 9600 cs8 clocal -crtscts < /dev/ttyS0 
> *	I think .vtrc may have changed from the earlier version; I tried
> to just hack a copy of the old one and found the format had changed.
> The first line is the shell command to set the device parameters (as
> forth above), the second line is the device itself (e.g. /dev/ttyS0),
> and the following lines are the "tape" records.  Warren, may I suggest
> adding some text to the readme about this?  I had to figure it out....

Yep, that's documented in 
http://minnie.cs.adfa.edu.au/Vtserver/vtserver/vtreadme.txt as follows:

   The file .vtrc is the server's configuration file. Lines beginning
   hashes are ignored. The first (non-hashed) gives a shell command to
set the
   correct speed and parity of the serial line. The second line names
   serial device. Remaining lines name the fictitious tape's records,
   should be tinyboot, copy, and the name of your disk image.

> *	It's not extremely clear from the readme, but start VTServer
> first, then the PDP-11 code.  It wasn't that hard to key in with the
> programmer's panel.  :-) 

Thanks, can you suggest changes to the above document which would help
to clarify this?

Also, Fred van Kempen has added commands to send down the bootstrap
code if the PDP-11 has ODT. I'll add this to the server once I get the
code from Fred.
> Please don't get me wrong, I'm grateful that you wrote this and not
> :-)  But you did ask for feedback, and I'm sending this to the PUPS
> with the hope it will help anyone else with a similar situation.  

Thanks Ian, yes I'm always happy for feedback. You might also try the
two Ultrix RL02 images that Bill Gunshannon also donated to the archive,
as he booted these on an 11/23 ok.


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