There are lots of things missing and, no doubt many things need to be fixed.
But, I have a working "path" from building a system up until a "root" prompt.
Installing one of the above systems can be done the easy way and the hard way.
The easy way is to burn a CD image and start the installation from CD. The
hard way is to run the installation over an NFS mount.
The CD contains the
aboot bootloader, so you can boot the CD in
the usual way from the SRM:
>>> boot -fl 0 dka500
Your CD device may have been assigned a different device name than
dka500 used above, so you need to substitute the appropriate
device name for your setup.
NOTE: Currently the Installer does not configure the network interface of the system, so if you need network access you need configure it manually.
GIRItarball on some host system in your network and export the containing rootfs through NFS. Note that there may an additional directory level in the tarball (e.g.,
GIRI) which contains the
etcdirectories of the rootfs. Ensure you're exporting the contents of the tarball at the correct directory level.
nfsroot.alphakernel image to your Alpha system.
>>> boot -fl "root=/dev/nfs rootfstype=nfs ip=bootp _
_> nfsroot=<ip_rootfs_host>:<rootfs_path>" ewa0
The network device
ewa0 may be different for your case, so you
need to check that out for your setup.
resolv.conffile of the GIRI rootfs (assuming you have permissions to alter the NFS export).
After the installation has finished, the system should reboot. If something
went wrong, it halts and starts beeping. If the system reboots, you may have
to interrupt the boot procedure in the SRM since it may automatically try to
boot from the network device you booted previously. Currently, I have no
tool to alter the SRM variable
bootdef_dev to automatically boot
off the correct device.
So, now you may be able to boot your new installation from the SRM:
>>> boot -fl 0 dka0
Again, the device you're booting from may be different for your setup. After
the kernel has been launched, the system switches to run level 2. A number of
services will fail to start since no network interface is configured on the
Four virtual terminals are started (tty1..4) and one serial terminal (ttyS0) and the only user whose able to login is
root (using the password
you've entered during the installation process).
across, Alpha cross-compiler build script.
across build script may be optional if you intent to be
using the compiler of your host system, but I haven't tested such a setup
myself so I can't tell whether that will work. I've put together a schematic
depicting how things fit together, globally (PS
Most stuff is documented, but if you have questions or remarks you can
sent them to
arthur at unimatrix dot gomtuu dot net.