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AUTOCONF(4) NetBSD/vax Kernel Interfaces Manual AUTOCONF(4)
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autoconf -- diagnostics from the autoconfiguration code
When NetBSD bootstraps it probes the innards of the machine on which it
is running and locates controllers, drives, and other devices. Each item
found is recorded on the console. This procedure is driven by a system
configuration table which is processed by config(1) and compiled into
On the VAX, devices in NEXUS slots are normally noted, thus memory con-
trollers, UNIBUS and MASSBUS adaptors. Devices which are not supported
which are found in NEXUS slots are noted also. The Q-bus on the MICROVAX
is configured in the same way as the UNIBUS.
MASSBUS devices are located by a very deterministic procedure since
MASSBUS space is completely probe-able. If devices exist which are not
configured they will be silently ignored; if devices exist of unsupported
type they will be noted.
UNIBUS devices are located by probing to see if their control-status reg-
isters respond. If not, they are silently ignored. If the control sta-
tus register responds but the device cannot be made to interrupt, a diag-
nostic warning will be printed on the console and the device will not be
available to the system.
Normally, the system uses the disk from which it was loaded as the root
filesystem. If that is not possible, a generic system will pick its root
device as the ``best'' available device (MASSBUS disks are better than
SMD UNIBUS disks are better than RK07s; the device must be drive 0 to be
considered). If such a system is booted with the RB_ASKNAME option (see
reboot(2)), then the name of the root device is read from the console
terminal at boot time, and any available device may be used.
cpu type %d not configured. You tried to boot NetBSD on a CPU type which
it doesn't (or at least this compiled version of NetBSD doesn't) under-
mba%d at tr%d. A MASSBUS adapter was found in `tr%d' (the NEXUS slot
number). NetBSD will call it `mba%d'.
%d mba's not configured. More MASSBUS adapters were found on the machine
than were declared in the machine configuration; the excess MASSBUS
adapters will not be accessible.
uba%d at tr%d. A UNIBUS adapter was found in `tr%d' (the NEXUS slot num-
ber). NetBSD will call it `uba%d'.
dr32 unsupported (at tr %d). A DR32 interface was found in a NEXUS, for
which NetBSD does not have a driver.
ci unsupported (at tr %d). A CI interface was found in a NEXUS, for
which NetBSD does not have a driver.
mcr%d at tr%d. A memory controller was found in `tr%d' (the NEXUS slot
number). NetBSD will call it `mcr%d'.
5 mcr's unsupported. NetBSD supports only 4 memory controllers per CPU.
mpm unsupported (at tr%d). Multi-port memory is unsupported in the sense
that NetBSD does not know how to poll it for ECC errors.
%s%d at mba%d drive %d. A tape formatter or a disk was found on the
MASSBUS; for disks `%s%d' will look like ``hp0'', for tape formatters
like ``ht1''. The drive number comes from the unit plug on the drive or
in the TM formatter (not on the tape drive; see below).
%s%d at %s%d slave %d. (For MASSBUS devices). Which would look like
``tu0 at ht0 slave 0'', where ``tu0'' is the name for the tape device and
``ht0'' is the name for the formatter. A tape slave was found on the
tape formatter at the indicated drive number (on the front of the tape
drive). UNIX will call the device, e.g., ``tu0''.
%s%d at uba%d csr %o vec %o ipl %x. The device `%s%d', e.g. ``dz0'' was
found on `uba%d' at control-status register address `%o' and with device
vector `%o'. The device interrupted at priority level `%x'.
%s%d at uba%d csr %o zero vector. The device did not present a valid
interrupt vector, rather presented 0 (a passive release condition) to the
%s%d at uba%d csr %o didn't interrupt. The device did not interrupt,
likely because it is broken, hung, or not the kind of device it is adver-
tised to be.
%s%d at %s%d slave %d. (For UNIBUS devices). Which would look like
``up0 at sc0 slave 0'', where ``up0'' is the name of a disk drive and
``sc0'' is the name of the controller. Analogous to MASSBUS case.
config(1), vax/intro(4), boot(8)
The autoconf feature appeared in 4.1BSD.
NetBSD 10.99 February 17, 2017 NetBSD 10.99