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NETLDR is the DECsystem-10 bootstrap program that dumps and loads
network remote stations such as the DN82. For NETLDR to run properly,
there must be a bootstrap program running in the remote station being
loaded. In the case of the DC72, this bootstrap is read in from a
deck of cards by the remote station operator. In the case of the
DN82, either the BM873 or M9301 ROM must be running. The DN82
generally jumps to the ROM when it crashes, which allows it to reload
itself without operator intervention.
2.0 EXTERNAL CHANGES
2.1 Running On FRCLIN
NETLDR automatically DETACHes if it is running on FRCLIN.
2.2 GALAXY And OPR
NETLDR now does "WTOR" QUEUE. UUOs in order to "log" automatic
operation with the system operator. If GALAXY is not running, then
NETLDR "falls back" to TRMOP.ing directly to the system CTY.
2.3 NETLDR Booting Messages
NETLDR now includes the host system node name in the bootstrap message
text logged with the system and sent to the remote stations.
3.0 KNOWN BUGS AND DEFICIENCIES
NETLDR has no known bugs.
4.0 INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
To load NETLDR, the JOBDAT, MACTEN, and UUOSYM universal files should
be on UNV:, and HELPER.REL should be on REL:. Then just ".LOAD
NETLDR" and save it. NETLDR.EXE should be shareably-saved on SYS:.
NETLDR.INI is not distributed as it contains site specific
information. Each site should create an appropriate NETLDR.INI file
and put it on SYS: for "automatic" NETLDR remote station dumping and
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The automatic reload feature can be disabled by typing:
.SET SCHED 1000
5.0 INTERNAL CHANGES
The internal changes are available in the source file NETLDR.MAC near
the begining of the file under the subtitle "Edit History".
7.0 NETLDR OPERATION
NETLDR may be run either automatically or explicitly by the
7.1 Automatic Execution Of NETLDR
A network node which wishes to be loaded may send a "REQUEST LOAD"
message over its synchronous line. The node which receives the
request will transmit the message to the DECsystem-10 as a station
control message. The monitor will automatically run NETLDR when it
receives such a request.
A request may include sufficient information for NETLDR to dump and
load as requested. If insufficient information is present in the
request, NETLDR will search SYS:NETLDR.INI for a line which matches
the request. Lines in NETLDR.INI contain two parts separated by an
equal sign. The left half of each line is of the form:
Where "name" is the name or number of the node adjacent to the node to
be booted; "lnum" is the synchronous line number on the adjacent
node; "type" is the type of node in which the bootstrap is running
(one of DC71, DC72, DN82, DAS82, DN92, DAS92, or DN200); and "snum"
is the serial number supplied by the bootstrap in the node to be
booted. Whatever is on the left of the equals sign must match exactly
with the information supplied with the request load message.
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The right half of each line must be in the form of:
= cmd(1), cmd(2),. . ., cmd(N)
Where "cmd" is a filespec and/or switches as described in section 7.2.
The default device is SYS: for loading and XPN: for dumping.
This dumps the node connected to line 1 of node ZOT onto XPN as
ZOT.LSD and then loads the node with SYS:DN82.BIN.
Switches /NODE, /LINE, and /PDP8 or /PDP11 need not be specified on
the right of the equals sign in NETLDR.INI as the request load message
supplies this information to NETLDR.
7.2 Operator Use Of NETLDR.
The NETLDR program performs system operations on remote nodes. The
type of remote node and the desired operations are specified using
switches in the file specification.
NETLDR can be used to clear, dump and load a remote node and to
execute software on remote nodes.
NETLDR then issues the prompt:
The user must then enter a command string of the form:
Where filespec is of the form:
The filespec argument is optional. If ext is omitted for a load, the
default extension is .BIN. If the filespec is omitted for a dump, the
file written is nodename.LSD on the user's disk area.
M-switch is a required switch specifying that the remote node is
either a PDP-8 or PDP-11. For example:
/PDP8 or /8
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/PDP11 or /11
N-switch is a required switch identifying the remote node. This
switch may take one of the following forms:
/NODE:num specifying the number of the remote node
/NODE:nam specifying the name of the remote node
CH-switch is a required switch specifying the number of the line to
which is attached the node to be used. The /SELF argument may be
entered if the remote node specified by the /NODE switch is to be
/LINE:num specifying the hardware line number in the
range 0 through 17 (octal). "Num" identifies
the node that the operation is for by
specifying the line number connecting to it
from the remote node.
/SELF specifying that the operation is for the node
OPT-switch is one of the following:
/CLEAR clears the memory of the remote node.
Default 0 - 17777 for a PDP8.
Default 0 - 77776 for a PDP11.
/CLEAR:x-y clears memory location x through location y
/CLEAR:x-* clears memory location x through 17777 for a
PDP-8; 77776 for a PDP-11.
/DUMP creates an octal dump of the remote node's
memory into the specified file (0-17777 for a
PDP-8; 0-77776 for a PDP-11). If no file is
specified the default is nodename.LSD. If
the filename has question marks in it,
numbers will be supplied for the question
marks starting with 0 if the index file has
not been created, or with the filename in the
index file +1 if it has been created. The
index file contains the name of the last file
dumped and has the filename given by the user
in the dump command.
/DUMP:x-y dumps memory locations x through y inclusive.
/DUMP:x-* dumps memory location x through the machine's
upper limit (17777 for a PDP-8; 77776 for a
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/HELP prints a list of the switches available.
/HPQ:x run NETLDR in HPQ x.
/IMAGE the file to be read is in image mode.
/LOAD load the file into the remote node's memory,
but do not start the program.
/PACKED the file is a binary file in MACDLX format.
/START:adr load the file into the remote node's memory
and start it at the specified address. If
the filespec is omitted and the /START:X
switch is in the command string, the node is
started at address x.
1. Specifying PTR as the device implies image mode.
2. The default upper memory location for a PDP-8 is 17777.
3. The default upper memory location for a PDP-11 is 77776.
4. The default extension for a load is .BIN.
5. The default dump file is nodename.LSD.
6. The default device for /DUMP and /LOAD is DSK.
7. The default load format is /IMAGE for a PDP-8.
8. The default load format is /PACKED for a PDP-11.
Load the file NYC.BIN from DSKN area [14,16] on the host
node into the node connected to line 0 of node BOSTON and
start the program at address 1000.
dump locations 0-77776 of node BOSTON onto DSK as a file
Clear locations 10 through 74 of the node connected to line
1 of node number 2.
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