Yes i understandt why old bootrom works but dont why RPL not. RPL is more reliable and code of rpl.com is simply. MARS not accept rpl frames that must be compiled minidaemon rpl.com for linux that reply rboot.rpl bootstrap program to rpl bootrom. This pregram then exactly conect MARS login and works. I test MARS with twoo clients first is from floppy booted netware dos client lsl vlm ... + rpl.com with set prefered server to MARS name. Then secondary client with RPL bootrom boot OK from client 1. + MARS linux server. I repeat my message! REWrite anybody rpl.com for linux? I can send disasm code to this worker. Bye. ----- Original Message ----- From: "kees" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 9:33 PM Subject: Re: Have novell rpl ipx boot for linux > > 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. =========================================================================== This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: "Marian Mlcoch, Ing" <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.
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