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Re: pwdb

To: Ralf Baechle <ralf@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: pwdb
From: Ulf Carlsson <ulfc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 15:04:39 -0700 (PDT)
Cc: Srinivasa Prasad Thirumalachar <sprasad@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Joan Eslinger <wombat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, linux-origin@xxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: <20000502235630.A3502@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Tue, 2 May 2000, Ralf Baechle wrote:

> On Tue, May 02, 2000 at 02:33:46PM -0700, Ulf Carlsson wrote:
> 
> > > Basically my Indy is all back to defaults with exception of the eaddr
> > > which is filled with garbage that isn't a legal Ethernet address.
> > 
> > I have seen exactly the same behaviour on an Indy here.  It seems like this 
> > is
> > a common problem.  Do you think it would help with a new PROM?
> 
> Well, the problem is that the PROMs and IRIX deliberately refuse to
> overwrite the value of eaddr.  As I understand there is a special IRIX
> kernel used for manufacturing / testing the Indy that is compiled with
> MFG_EADDR defined.  That one actually can set the eaddr variable.
> 
> Such a kernel would of course be useless for me since I can no longer
> boot it nor easily copy it to the root disk ...

I think that you can actually bootp another sash, so if you get a sash that
is compiled with MFG_EADDR or something it may be possible.  Then again I
don't know anything about this stuff.  I'll look around..

Ulf


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