> To: Brett Lymn
> From: Antonio Vasconcelos on 1994, Feb 22, 18:40
> Subject: RE: netboot for bastion host
> >We have a cdrom burner, but I have no idea of how to write a solaris
> >boot disk...
> >How about just creating the image on a harddisk and then dd'ing the
> >lot to the cdrom?
> You need special software to write a cd-rom, I don't belive that dd
At the low level, with the current devices, I'm pretty sure you can
just write the data like a tape device. You just have to make sure
that you keep the buffers filled since it can't stop.
The main special software is to write a standard 9660 or Rock Ridge
formats. This has been solved by the mkisofs (I think that's the name),
which I associated with the Linux developers. I've used it on a Sun
to write a floppy and then mount it as a cdfs under Sunos.
Young Minds used to have the only (that I knew of) software that did
> But the real problem is that (according to non-confirmed information) a
> Solaris boot cd-rom must have some special block size (1024 vs 512 ?).
a) Solaris will boot and use a 2048 byte block cdrom drive, I've seen it.
Not sure it works completely, but I did it with a standard Texel a couple
years ago. I was shocked that Suns still insisted on the special CDROM
b) Suns (and SGI's) until recently required a special CDrom drive
modified to return 4 512 blocks for each 2048 type normal block.
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