[vcf-midatlantic] vax scsi questions

william degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Sun Oct 8 17:28:10 EDT 2017

On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM, Brian Schenkenberger via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> william degnan via vcf-midatlantic writes:
> >This all came up because I wanted to replace a drive, but the only
> >replacement I had avail was also ID 2 but a diff volume name.
> >Systartup_v5.com was hanging on the mount of the drive.   So, knowing no
> >other way, I had to access the OS via minimal boot to bypass systartup
> >and then comment out the mount of drive 2.  In MIN state I could not
> >mount the new drive to initialize it so re!enabled a full boot.   I
> >could not get to drive ID=2 in an ONLINE state. I mounted  drive ID=2 to
> >initialize and change its volume name to.match the old volume name.
> >Next I returned systartup to mount drive id=2 (dkb200), and finally
> >rebooted into a normal system.
> >
> >The trial and error associated with all that was a useful learning
> >experience.
> >
> >Guessing there us a way from the >>> prompt to change a drive's volune,
> >but I did not find a way to do it.
> From the dead sergeant, you can select a boot device.  Volume information
> --
> label, structure, ownership, etc., etc. -- are manifestated in the
> operating
> system (VMS).  If you had an issue with the device on SCSI id 2, you could
> have physically removed that drive.  The device would then not appear in
> the
> device configuration and the MOUNT command would fail:
> %MOUNT-F-NOSUCHDEV, no such device available
> Assuming there is no ON ERROR in the startup procedures, your system should
> then boot through the system startup to the point where you can login.  At
> that point, you can reconnect the device and issue:
> Then, a:
> should show you your disk devices including the device at DKx200:.

Thanks.  I figured there must be a way as this would come up from time to
time for most sys admins eventually.

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