[TUHS] VTServer/etc for V6 Unix

Jason Stevens jsteve at superglobalmegacorp.com
Mon Oct 24 16:33:19 AEST 2016

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These were the closest things I could find to official documentation on doing an install...  If anyone has anything better, I'm all ears.

I'll email Tore again about ID's I haven't forgotten..

On October 23, 2016 11:02:57 PM GMT+08:00, jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu wrote:
>So, in a fit of brain-fade, I originally sent this to the Classic
>list, when it was probably really more appropriate for this one.
>(Apologies to
>those who are subscribed to both, and are thus seeing this again.)
>So, I'm trying to do what VTServer was invented for - load Unix into an
>PDP-11, over its serial line, when one doesn't have machine-readable
>Unix on
>any mass storage for the machine.
>However, all the initial code that VTServer loads ('mkfs', etc) is
>(V6 has a slightly different file system format) - and I want to
>install V6.
>Has anyone ever tweaked the programs which VTServer loads to do
>filesystems? I did a quick Google, but didn't see anything.
>Another option is to do something more V6-like, and copy a small
>bootable V6
>file-system image over the serial line; that may be an easier way to
>No biggie if not, it won't be much work to adapt things, but I figured
>I'd try
>to avoid re-inventing the wheel...
>Note that the installation procedures for V6 and V7 are wholly
>something which confused a number of people on CCTalk.
>The 'Setting up Unix' documents are more checklists, they don't go into
>a lot
>of detail as to what is actually happening, so I have prepared two
>pages on the
>Computer History wiki:
>  http://gunkies.org/wiki/Installing_UNIX_Sixth_Edition
>  http://gunkies.org/wiki/Installing_UNIX_Seventh_Edition
>which go into more detail on what is actually happening.
>      Noel

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