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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     boot_hp300 - hp300 system bootstrapping procedures

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

   Cold starts
     When powered on, the hp300 firmware will proceed to its initialization,
     and  will  boot  an operating system from the first bootable
device found.
     By pressing the ``enter'' key during the initialization  sequence, the user
 can force another device to be used.

   Warm starts    [Toc]    [Back]
     After a panic, or if the system is rebooted via reboot(8) or
     the firmware will restart from the previous boot device.

   Bootable devices    [Toc]    [Back]
     The following devices can be booted from the firmware:
     +o   Any disk successfully probed, and containing a boot program in a LIF
         format directory at its beginning.
     +o    Any  network interface, for which a rbootd(8) server is
listening on
         the network.

   Boot process options    [Toc]    [Back]
     The OpenBSD bootloader will let the user enter  a  boot  device, kernel
     filename and boot options.

     If  the  special  line reset is entered, the bootloader will
attempt to
     restart the machine.

     The file specification used for an interactive  boot  is  of
the form:
           device unit partition: filename options
     device   is the type of the device to be searched.  Currently, ct (HP-IB
             tape), hd (HP-IB disk), le (network), and  sd  (SCSI
disk or tape)
             are the only valid device specifiers.
     unit     is the device ID for SCSI devices, and the (8 * the
             controller number + the device unit number)  formula
for HP-IB devices.
  Controller and unit numbering start at zero.
     minor   is the disk partition letter or tape file number.
     Normal line editing characters can be used when  typing  the
file specification.

     For  example,  to  boot  the /bsd kernel from the ``a'' file
system of unit 0
     on second HP-IB controller, type ``rd8a:/bsd'' at  the  boot

     The following options are recognized:

           -a     Prompt for the root filesystem device after the
devices have
                 been configured.
           -b    On the next system reboot, always halt the  system, even if a
                 reboot is required.
           -c    Enter the ``User Kernel Configuration'' mode upon startup
                 (see boot_config(8)).
           -d    Enter the debugger, ddb(4), as soon as the  kernel console has
                 been initialized.
           -s    Boot the system single-user.  The system will be
booted multi-user
 unless this option is specified.

     If the user does not enter anything after a few seconds, the
     will  attempt to boot a kernel from the device it was loaded
from, with no
     options.  The following kernel filenames will be  tried,  in
this order:


   Abnormal system termination    [Toc]    [Back]
     In case of system crashes, the kernel will usually enter the
kernel debugger,
 ddb(4), unless it is not present in the  kernel,  or
it is disabled
     via  the  ddb.panic sysctl.  Upon leaving ddb, or if ddb was
not entered,
     the kernel will halt the system if it was  still  in  device
     phase,  or  attempt a dump to the configured dump device, if
possible.  The
     crash dump will then be recovered by savecore(8) during  the
next multiuser
  boot  cycle.   It  is also possible to force other behaviours from ddb.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     /bsd                  default system kernel
     /usr/mdec/uboot.lif   LIF format boot  block,  suitable  for
all bootable
     /usr/mdec/cdboot.lif   LIF  format  boot block, suitable for
bootable CDROM.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     ddb(4), boot_config(8),  halt(8),  init(8),  installboot(8),
     reboot(8), savecore(8), shutdown(8)

OpenBSD      3.6                          October     2,     2002
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