[Aboriginal] Building a floppy rescue set like BG did?

Philip Rhoades phil at pricom.com.au
Mon Mar 13 22:05:55 PDT 2017


As an exercise, I want to create a VM image (or at least backup of all 
the files with rsync) from a SCSI drive in an old Red Hat (NOT 
Enterprise) v5.2 Linux 486 machine (circa 1999 that does have rsync on 
it but it has protocol problems talking to my server).  The 486 has:

- an ISA Adaptec 1542 SCSI controller attached to a Seagate 2GB drive 
with 6 partitions

- an ISA ne2000 network card

- a 1.44MB FD

So, to be able to create the image of the 2GB SCSI drive that is in the 
486, I need to boot the 486 on one or more floppy disks and dd the 
/dev/sda drive over SSH to a file on my big Fedora 25 x86_64 
workstation.  I now have Basic Linux booting from floppies but it is 
still 2005 vintage and uses SSH1 and I haven't been able to get the old 
Ciphers, MACs and KexAlgorithms working with my Fedora 25 x86_64 server 
- so I still can't ssh or rsync to it from the 486.  BL does not have 
any rshd that rsync could use . . so I am thinking that AL should be 
more up to date but I will have to build my own system it seems.  I got 
BG's disks going:


but they didn't have support for the SCSI controller - I sent him a 
couple of emails (and even rang him from Australia!) about getting his 
custom build scripts of AL to modify . . but he didn't get back to me . 

Has anyone here already produced a floppy boot set?  I have just cloned 
the git repo and am building for the 486 but it would be nice if someone 
could make my learning curve less steep . .


Philip Rhoades

PO Box 896
Cowra  NSW  2794
E-mail:  phil at pricom.com.au

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