macppc system bootstrapping procedures
When powered on, after a panic, or if the system is rebooted via
shutdown(8), the Open
Firmware will proceed to its initialization, and will boot an operating system
if the auto-boot? variable is set to
“true”, or will wait for interactive commands otherwise.
The Apple Open Firmware will normally load the kernel from the device and
filename as instructed by the boot-device and
boot-file variables. If the
boot-file variable is empty, the
OpenBSD bootloader will look for a kernel named
bsd, unless a different filename has been specified in
the boot command. To reset this variable to its default, empty, value, type
the following at the Open Firmware prompt:
The OpenBSD bootstrap program is named
“ofwboot”. It can be installed either in a HFS partition or in
a MSDOS partition on the disk. If MBR partitioning is chosen for the disk,
the bootstrap program will be installed automatically during the
OpenBSD installation procedure. For HFS shared
disks, the ofwboot file must be installed manually.
The ofwboot program can be loaded from any Open Firmware recognized disk or
If invoked manually without parameters, or if the specified kernel could not be
loaded, the OpenBSD bootloader will let the user enter
a boot device, kernel filename and boot options.
If the special line
exit is entered, the
bootloader will attempt to restart the machine.
The file specification used is of the form:
where: “promdev” is an optional Open Firmware device name (such as
“hd” or “ide”) and “partition” is an
optional disk partition number. Normal line editing characters can be used
when typing the file specification.
The following options are recognized:
In case of system crashes, the kernel will usually enter the kernel debugger,
ddb(4), unless it is not present
in the kernel, or it is disabled via the ddb.panic
sysctl. Upon leaving ddb, or if ddb was not entered, the kernel will halt the
system if it was still in device configuration phase, or attempt a dump to the
configured dump device, if possible. The crash dump will then be recovered by
savecore(8) during the next
multi-user boot cycle. It is also possible to force other behaviours from ddb.
The prom can only be accessed during system reset, or at power-up. To enter Open
Firmware, press and hold “Cntrl” “Cmd”
“o” “f” as the machine resets until it enters the
Open Firmware debugger.
- Prompt for the root filesystem and swap devices after the devices have
- Enter the “User Kernel Config” mode upon startup (see
- Enter the debugger, ddb(4), as
soon as the kernel console has been initialized.
- Boot the system single-user. The system will be booted multi-user unless
this option is specified.
On an Xserve using serial console the System Identifier button is
used to enter Open Firmware instead of the keyboard. To enter Open Firmware,
hold down the System Identifier button while pressing the Power button. When
the upper LED bank begins lighting up in sequence, repeatedly press the
System Identifier button until the seventh LED from the right is highlighted
in the lower bank. Now hold the System Identifier button for two seconds,
until all the top row LEDs light up.
- default system kernel
- standalone installation kernel, suitable for disaster recovery
- system bootstrap (usually installed on a stand-alone FAT partition or an
Apple HFS partition, to be readable by Open Firmware)