On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 5:31 PM, Noel Chiappa <j...@mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
> So, I'm trying to do what VTServer was invented for - load Unix into an > actual > 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 > V7-specific > (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 V6-format > filesystems? I did a quick Google, but didn't see anything. > > No biggie if not, it won't be much work to adapt them all, but I figured > I'd > try to avoid re-inventing the wheel... > > Noel > I did this once upon a time and, while I've slept since then, I'll try to dredge up some memories. This was putting 6th Edition on a PDP-11/34, which still runs except for the RK05 I need to fix One Of These Days. ISTR that one can generate a 'tape' config file with whatever components you want/need. That was true for tools, too - I didthis with v6, so I know there are v6-specific tools somewhere, perhaps on some machine I still have (and I think I know which one). I recall finding documentation for it, too, and I think I even know where it is. I'm hoping it might have a URL in the header/footer, which might still be extant - if not, I can scan it. I think it's somewhere in the TUHS site, and not completely obvious so you have to hunt a bit. Cheers -- Ian -- Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate The Information School <http://ischool.uw.edu> Dissertation: "Why the Conversation Mattered: Constructing a Sociotechnical Narrative Through a Design Lens Archivist, Voices From the Rwanda Tribunal <http://tribunalvoices.org> Value Sensitive Design Research Lab <http://vsdesign.org> University of Washington There is an old Vulcan saying: "Only Nixon could go to China."