Hi The old bootrom loading from Mars-NWE works. I did this a few times myself. Kees On Wed, 28 Aug 2002 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > > me (jt): > >> There is MARS (Martin Stover's Netware Emulator) which can run on Linux > >> and it can be used for Netware RPL boot. You do not need RPL.COM or NLM. > you: > >Have you actually did this? I has allways though NOVEL RPL would not > >work without some specialized daemon, and that mars did not provided > >those services... > > Ops, the name "RPL" seems to be confusing: Novell called by the name > their old boot rom (notice program RPLFIX which was used to fix image > for this boot method), and IBM use the same name for another method, > which is supported on Novell by the RPL.COM/RPL.NLM. The latter uses > frame 802.2 (NOT 802.3 used be old bootrom). > > Looking on the Web I found there is some RPL daemon for Linux, I do > not anything about it and its reliability, it is available on: > http://gimel.esc.cam.ac.uk/james/rpld/index.html > Docs say it has performance problem if kernel has no 802.2 frame support, > it has patch (with severe warning) for 2.2 kernel; 2.3/2.4 kernels have > the 802.2 frame. It is something completely different from old bootroms: > configuration file specifies what Ethernet card requests are to be replied > and what files are to be loaded for every card. It is listed in: > http://www.daemons.kiev.ua/miscellaneous/ > Yet another URL on this topic: http://www.zigamorph.net/ibm8227/rpl.html > > I was unable to find any documentation on IBM RPL protocol details. > > >And about net$dos.sys, can I build it from any bootable floppy, just > >using dd? > > Note: this all information below is for old Novell's bootrom. > > For old DOS, it could be done this way, new requires applying RPLFIX > to resultant image. Novell provides DOSGEN utility which makes the > net$dos.sys from a bootable floppy (requires no subdirectories on the > floppy), probably this removes "holes" (areas not used by any files) > to make the image smaller. I wrote program which I called NCPDISK, it > allows mounting of such an image on DOS (note on Linux you can mount > the image using "loop" option) to be able to fix it without using > floppy (and need to keep original floppy used to make the image); > problem: it is not RPLFIX-aware. RPLFIX moves original boot sector > to end of the image, and writes own boot sector containing code which > prevents memory used by bootrom from overwriting during DOS boot, > knowing it one may write program which un-RPLFIX-es the image. > > Jerzy Tarasiuk > =========================================================================== > This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: > email@example.com > To get help about this list, send a mail with 'help' as the only string in > it's body to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have problems with this list, > send a mail to email@example.com. > =========================================================================== This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: kees <firstname.lastname@example.org> To get help about this list, send a mail with 'help' as the only string in it's body to email@example.com. If you have problems with this list, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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