NetBSD Problem Report #14864

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Subject: sparc tape-boot seems broken on 1.5.2
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>Number:         14864
>Category:       port-sparc
>Synopsis:       sparc tape-boot seems broken on 1.5.2
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    port-sparc-maintainer
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Dec 07 14:34:00 +0000 2001
>Last-Modified:  Wed Jul 05 12:40:01 +0000 2023
>Originator:     Matthias Buelow
>Release:        NetBSD 1.5.2
	(NetBSD/sparc 1.5.2)
	I'm trying to boot 1.5.2 on a Sparcstation 5 from an Emulex-style
	8mm tape drive.  I dd'ed tapefile1 and tapefile2 and then the
	.tgz sets onto the (non-rewinding) tape dev and rewound and
	tried to boot with "boot tape".
	It is going for a while, printing nothing and then prints
		OBP version 3, revision 2.15 (plugin rev 2)
		Watchdog Reset, Rebooting.
	at which point it resets the machine.
	I've tried it now with several tapes (in case one was broken)
	and it's always the same behaviour.

	See above.

State-Changed-From-To: open->feedback
State-Changed-When: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:30:06 +0000
Is this problem still current? On the one hand, it's an obscure port issue,
which makes it likely that it is; on the other hand, it's *very *old...

State-Changed-From-To: feedback->open
State-Changed-When: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:38:55 +0000
feedback bounced -- anyone else know about this?

From: Harold Gutch <>
Subject: Re: port-sparc/14864: sparc tape-boot seems broken on 1.5.2
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2023 14:38:28 +0200

 I just tried to reproduce this in emulation - the closest I was able
 to get up and running was an emulated SPARCStation 2 in TME with OBP
 2.9, and there I was successfully able to boot a 1.5.2 tapeboot1 +
 tapeboot2 + miniroot.fs (I stopped there and didn't go through a full

 I don't think TME supports the SPARCStation 5 - Qemu does, but AFAIK
 doesn't emulate tape drives so I'm not sure if this can easily be
 tested there.

 TME crashes if I swap out the OBP 2.9 ROM with a 2.15 ROM from Qemu -
 not sure how specific this is to the machine and if it crashes because
 it's now "running on a SS 2".

 I might play around a *bit* more with this over the next few days.
 But off-list, Matthias told me that he no longer has access to the
 machine so I have my doubts if this even can be reproduced anymore
 these days...



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