[TUHS] Re: Making boot disks

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at lemis.com
Tue Oct 1 09:59:02 AEST 2002

On Tuesday,  1 October 2002 at  7:37:35 +1000, Warren Toomey wrote:
> In article by Ian Molton:
>> Hi.
>> Dunno if you can help me ont this...
>> I have an unusual UNIX derived OS called RISCiX, but I cant install it
>> because I have no bootdisks.
>> I /do/ have scripts to make them, and the kernel + OS files, though.
>> I think the filesystem was UFS.
>> I can use my Linux box to create a filesystem, but I dont have a copy of
>> the right utility (newfs?).
>> Can you point me to source?
> I'll pass this to the mailing list to see if others can help you.
> I'd say that Linux is unlikely to construct the correct filesystem type.
> There are severl UFS variants, and you'd need to know the exact layout
> details to be sure that Linux (or something else) could create the
> boot disks.

On Tuesday,  1 October 2002 at  9:39:04 +1000, Warren Toomey wrote:
> Thanks.
> I found some ufs code in the HURD source, and VERY crudely hacked it. It
> creates filesystems that linux can mount, but it crashed trying to write
> big files to it (doh!)

Well, it would be nice to know what you're really trying to do.
What's the hardware?  If the file system is UFS, it's unlikely to be a
good fit for Linux.  I'd say "try FreeBSD", but without knowing more
about your software and hardware, it's not clear if that would be any
better.  Google suggests that it runs on ARMs.  Is that correct?

> any advice from the list would be appreciated :)

In that case you should copy us.

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