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IRIX remote install from macOS

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:06 pm
by JacquesT
Hiya,

I've started setting up my MacPro as server for a fresh Irix 6.5.30 install following this guide

http://www.nekochan.net/wiki/IRIX_Network_Installation_from_OS_X

It seems that 10.12 doesn't have rsh or the associated daemon / plist files. Is there an alternative available?

Ta.

J

edit: can I substitute with ssh?

Re: IRIX remote install from macOS

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:31 pm
by dexter1
I'm not familiar with OSX, but isn't rshd on the list of supported services? You could try to enable that.

If that solution doesn't fly, it may be possible to run a docker which has the required services set up.
I have created such a docker based on debian on https://hub.docker.com/r/dexter1/irix-install/
I don't know if it works on OSX though...

About ssh, it is originally designed to act as a secure replacement for rsh. I don't think you can reverse the ssh design and make it rsh-server compatible with old machines which require that. For that purpose i have resorted to the rsh-redone-server package on debian which is as close as a vanilla rsh server i could get.

Re: IRIX remote install from macOS

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:06 pm
by JacquesT
Thanks dexter, I know rsh was in El Capitan 10.11 (slightly broken on incoming connections) but cannot find it in 10.12 at all as it appears Apple omitted in favour of ssh.

Have never used a docker, may have to look at doing a simple debian install on a spare drive.

Edit: ...or can I just fire up a VM Debian install and do it through that?

Re: IRIX remote install from macOS

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:15 pm
by dexter1
JacquesT wrote:Have never used a docker, may have to look at doing a simple debian install on a spare drive.

Edit: ...or can I just fire up a VM Debian install and do it through that?

Well a Debian install on a spare drive would be a bit overkill, but before you go that route, try a docker or a VM. I made the docker just to have a simple lightweight alternative to a fully fledged VM solution.

We do have a VM image which can do IRIX installs, and that is DINA from http://shiftleft.com/mirrors/dina.harrydebug.com/
The DINA VM requires VMPlayer so i'm not sure you can use that on OSX. If you want to go VM, best is to start with Debian and configure your rsh and bootp/tftp servers in there.

Re: IRIX remote install from macOS

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:07 am
by josehill
dexter1 wrote:We do have a VM image which can do IRIX installs, and that is DINA from http://shiftleft.com/mirrors/dina.harrydebug.com/
The DINA VM requires VMPlayer so i'm not sure you can use that on OSX. If you want to go VM, best is to start with Debian and configure your rsh and bootp/tftp servers in there.

VMware's Player doesn't run on OSX, but you can download the full VMware Fusion program and run it as a 30 day demo with all features available. With a little tweaking, you might also be able to get the VM to run in VirtualBox or the free version of Parallels for the Mac, Parallels Lite.

Re: IRIX remote install from macOS

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:24 am
by josehill
JacquesT wrote:Thanks dexter, I know rsh was in El Capitan 10.11 (slightly broken on incoming connections) but cannot find it in 10.12 at all as it appears Apple omitted in favour of ssh.

Correct. Apple dropped rsh, rcp, rlogin, and a few other related commands as of Sierra (10.12). I've updated the wiki accordingly. Thanks.