Hi, My original question was....
I have need to support some Sun OS 4.1.4 customers.
I do not have a bootable system CD for Sun OS 4.1.4. I have managed to
borrow one to copy. My attempts to copy have yielded in failure. My copy
comes out with 2 partitions and the original has 6. I did find out that Sun
CDs are partly hsfs and partly ufs.
I have downloaded mkisofs and cdrecord. I also
downloaded the support packages for Sun. I am running an Ultra 5 with
Solaris 7. I seem to be able to make images without problem. I just can't
get the system CD to boot.
So, my question is, how can I get a working copy of
a Sun OS 4.1.4 CD??
I received a number of responses to this which was very much appreciated.
The breakdown is as follows:
Many responded to with an answer of just using "dd" and burning the CD.
They were on the right track, but not completely right. Many thanks to:
Lucia Gonzalez [email@example.com]
James Neal - HandiCAT [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Kevin Korb [email@example.com]
Charlie Mengler [firstname.lastname@example.org]
I had a couple of people suggest that I get a copy from Sun. I tried
calling Sun Express to price the CD. The CD was past end-of-life and no
longer available. That was a great suggestion if Sun still sold them.
Many thanks to :
Jim Robertori [email@example.com] (also thanks for the offer to borrow the
Somebody suggested that I check the archives. They are right. I didn't
think of that though.
Many thanks to:
Scott D. Yelich [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Jenny Partusch [email@example.com]
A couple of responses were good, but I did not have access to what they
suggested. Many thanks to:
Greg Sawicki [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Ratto Daniel [DRATTO@nec.com.ar]
Paramasivam, Meenakshisundaram [email@example.com]
The solution to my problem is two fold. The first was John Benjamins
[johnb@Soliton.COM] outright giving me his copy of SunOS 4.1.4. (John this
definitely solves the problem. I look forward to the snail mail receipt!)
The last solution was suggested by a couple of people, but Lukas Karrer
[firstname.lastname@example.org] had a web page that described what I needed and more.
Check out http://www.trash.net/~lkarrer/solcdburn.html
<http://www.trash.net/~lkarrer/solcdburn.html> . I had to wade through the
info that I didn't need, but he was right on the money. Also many thanks to
Masopust Christian [email@example.com]. He suggested pretty
much the same thing. Any ways here is what I did.
The Sun CD had six partitions. The first is a hsfs file system. The rest
are ufs file systems. Hence the problem.
The first thing that I did on the Su was mount the CD without vold running.
I ran the command "prtvtoc /dev/rdsk/c0t6d0s2"
I totaled the block sizes of all the partitions and multiplied by 512 to
get the actual total in bytes of the CD.
Then I "dd" slices 1 - 5 each to a separate file.
"dd if=/dev/rdsk/c0t6d0s[1-5] of=slice.s[1-5]"
I then "dd" slice 0 to yet another file.
"dd if=/dev/rdsk/c0t6d0s0 of=slice.s0"
I then "cat" each of the files into an image file
"cat slice.s0 slice.s1 slice.s2 slice.s3 slice.s4
slice.s5 >> sunos414.iso
I verified the size of the file with the number of bytes
from the prtvtoc output above. They were the same.
I then ftp'd the image file over to an NT box with a burner
and told it to burn an image file. Upon completion, I tested the CD by
being able to boot the workstation off of the copy that I had just made from
the image. I plan to do a test build of a workstation to make sure that all
is well, but being able to boot off of the CD was the major hurdle to
overcome. I believe the rest should be fine.
Again, many thanks for all of the responses. They were indeed helpful. I
do greatly appreciate all of them. I apologize for the long time in
responding. It took me awhile to get to complete this because of my regular
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