Before installing Minix, do the unthinkable and read the installation manual usage(8). It and the possibly useful boot(8) are in the following files in two forms:
usage.ps boot.ps - PostScript usage.txt boot.txt - Flat ASCII text
md5list - MD5 checksums of the files here crclist - Checksums using Minix crc command crc.c - Command to make CRC checksums changes.txt - List of changes between 2.0.0 and 2.0.3
- Regular (for 386, 486, and Pentium machines) - Small (for 8086 and 286 machines) - Tiny (for 8086 and 286 machines with small memories and/or 360K diskette drives) - Running under DOS/Windows. (Recommended; trivial to install.)
The bits and pieces of each flavor are distributed over the i386, i86, xt and source directories, depending on architecture (386+ or 8086/286), size (XT), or source files (source). (Take a peek in those directories if you want to know the file sizes.) You need the following files, and only those files, for each flavor:
i386/ROOT.MNX - Installation root floppy image i386/USR.MNX - Installation /usr floppy image i386/NET.TAZ - Network install files (optional!) i386/USR.TAZ - Binary /usr files (386 executables) source/SYS.TAZ - Operating system sources (libary, kernel, etc.) source/CMD.TAZ - Commands sources (cp, ls, mkdir, etc.)
i86/ROOT.MNX - Installation root floppy image i86/USR.MNX - Installation /usr floppy image i86/NET.TAZ - Network install files (optional!) i86/USR.TAZ - Binary /usr files (8086 executables) source/SYS.TAZ - Operating system sources (libary, kernel, etc.) source/CMD.TAZ - Commands sources (cp, ls, mkdir, etc.) xt/XTBOOT.MNX - Boot this first if you get "read error 04"
All of the above and: xt/README - Tips for installation on PCs with little memory xt/TINYROOT.MNX - Tiny installation root floppy image xt/XTBOOT.MNX - Boot this first if you get "read error 04"
All files in the two sections above and: xt/TINYUSR1.MNX - Tiny installation /usr floppy part 1 xt/TINYUSR2.MNX - Tiny installation /usr floppy part 2
dosminix.txt - README (also present in ZIP file) i386/DOSMINIX.ZIP - Bootstrap and 50M "disk"
dosminix.txt - README (also present in ZIP file) i86/DOSMINIX.ZIP - Bootstrap and 50M "disk"
The files with names ending in .MNX are sector-by-sector copies of Minix floppies or disks. The .TAZ files are compressed UNIX tar archives. The .ZIP files are archives that can be unpacked by the Windows utilities PKZIP or WinZip.
cat ROOT.MNX USR.MNX >/dev/floppy dd if=USR.TAZ of=/dev/floppy bs=1440k count=1 skip=0 dd if=USR.TAZ of=/dev/floppy bs=1440k count=1 skip=1 dd if=USR.TAZ of=/dev/floppy bs=1440k count=1 skip=2Increase the "skip" count until dd writes a diskette partially. /dev/floppy should be the name of the floppy device. You have to find out what your Operating System names it today. Under MS-DOS you can use the FDVOL command to write the floppy images.
Be careful when you install Minix, many of the commands are potentionally dangerous in a way that a simple typing mistake may destroy all other data on your system. So make backups first! (The DosMinix version, however, is relatively safe.)
XT i86 i386 NR_PROCS 40 64 NR_BUFS 32 2048 NR_BUF_HASH 4096 NR_CTRLRS 1 ENABLE_CACHE2 0 0 ENABLE_AT_WINI 0 ENABLE_ATAPI 0 0 ENABLE_ESDI_WINI 0 ENABLE_AHA1540_SCSI 0 ENABLE_FATFILE 0 0 ENABLE_DOSFILE 0 ENABLE_USERBIOS 1 DMA_SECTORS 16 64 ENABLE_DP8390 1 1 NR_RS_LINES 2 2 NR_PTYS 4 8