May also be written as NeXTStep or NEXTSTEP.
Reset root password
You need to interrupt the bootloader when the machine is turned on so you see a "boot:" prompt or something similar depending on the type of computer. Type "-s" without the quotes and hit enter. If this is NeXT hardware, type "bsd -s" without the quotes. When the system drops you into a single mode root shell, type "sh /etc/rc &" to start the normal services. Now do "passwd root" and enter your new password. Reboot the system.
Basic TCP/IP Config
Create /etc/resolv.conf and add your desired nameserver, so something like "nameserver 184.108.40.206" and save the file. Go to NextAdmin directory and open HostManager.app, click Local in the menu, use local domain only and readable, set your desired IP/router/netmask info and reboot.
Make: Don't know how to make /usr/include/sys/signal.h
You'll find this file under the path name /usr/include/bsd/sys/signal.h. The problem is that Makefile contains an incorrect absolution path name to signal.h (line 36):
SIGNAL = /usr/include/sys/signal.h
Change it to read:
SIGNAL = /usr/include/bsd/sys/signal.h
and then say "make".
That works, once I'm in the ROM Monitor I tell it to bsd(0,0,0)sdmach rootdev=sd0 which boots the CDROM, after I tell it to reinstall it looks for the drive and bombs because it tries to install to the CDROM. I also used p and told it not to boot en. But when I tell it to boot sd t boots my CDROM again. I'm beginning to think that harddisk is bad. Once it has rebooted it no longer tries to boot from network, but it still doesn't find a device to boot from and gives me a "blk0 boot:" prompt. I guess I don't really know what the prompt is asking for because sd, sd0, sd0a, and /dev/sd0 or variations of that don't work.. Well, I have finally installed NeXTStep.. I installed it on my 100MB harddisk, sd1a. Now I cannot get it to boot, with the boot device set to sd (from prefs) it boots the CD, or tries if I remove it, with it set to fd it will boot a floppy.. but I don't know how to get it to boot my harddisk.. I've tried bsd(0,0,0)mach rootdev=sd1a, bsd(0,1,0)mach rootdev=sd1.. and many other combinations. Does someone know what to set to boot it? ---- You must set the device SCSI ID order of HD to be lower than that of the CD. Long ago I tried to coax installs on floppyless systems by putting the CD-ROM lower than the SCSI drive. It will install but won't boot -even after you swap SCSI ID's. I didn't dig much deeper and this was long ago as I thought this might be a way to install on the older floppyless systems. I suspect that one would have to do some manual file tweaking.. Even so rootdev must be device 0 AFAIK.. ---- I also went down this path some years ago. The install script that gets run when you boot from CD-ROM is called /NEXTSTEP_3.3/private/etc/rc.cdrom . Under normal conditions, after installing lots of stuff on the hard disk, it prepares for the reboot by creating "on the fly" a special /private/etc/fstab file on the HD. This file would normally contain two entries: /dev/sd0a / 4.3 rw,noquota,noauto 0 1 /dev/sd1a /NEXTSTEP_INSTALL ro,noquota 0 2 Then when the reboot happens, the HD gets mounted as / and the CD-ROM gets mounted as /NEXTSTEP_INSTALL and the installation procedure continues. However, if the device numbers are swapped initially, the install goes fine, but the new fstab file also has the devices swapped, i.e., it becomes /dev/sd1a / 4.3 rw,noquota,noauto 0 1 /dev/sd0a /NEXTSTEP_INSTALL ro,noquota 0 2 Now if you try to reboot, it again boots from CD-ROM and restarts the installation from the beginning. If you change device numbers and reboot, it boots from the HD but then attempts to mount the HD as /NEXTSTEP_INSTALL and the CD-ROM as /. This also causes the boot to fail. It might be possible to continue the installation at this point by NOT changing the device numbers but using a special boot command: bsd(1,0,0)sdmach rootdev=sd1a However, I think I may have tried this and found that it also doesn't work. I'm not sure though. Another way to recover (short of starting all over) is to somehow get booted into single-user mode, remount the HD in read-write mode (if necessary), and edit /private/etc/fstab. Then swap the device numbers and reboot normally. I don't remember any more how I managed to get into single user mode with the messed-up fstab file. I think I unplugged the CD-ROM, booted into single-user mode, found that / was mounted read-only, and remounted it read-write so that I could fix fstab. It's nice to know you can do these things in an emergency, but the best advice is, set the CD-ROM to a higher device number than the HD and avoid the problem altogether.