I own PC-Minix version 1.5 from Prentice Hall and wanted to upgrade to
Before I bought 1.5, I asked the net how to get the latest version of Minix.
The advice I got was buy 1.5 and upgrade from the net. To my dissapointment
this seems to be impossible!
I've got all the upgrade files for 1.6.24b but that's not enough. First of
all the upgrade kits on star.cs.vu.nl and plains.nodak.edu are both missing
syscall.ansi.sh and syscall.kr.sh. I reported this on the net with a
question where I can get them. No response. Although I have to use a clumsy
way to ftp I found them on the ftp-site in koeln (with the correct crc's).
The commands.sh file on on star.cs.vu.nl and plains.nodak.edu doesn't
contain the file whatis.sh, although it should. From what I read I understand
that it has been updated to fix some other problems (the date of the file
differs from the rest of the kit on star.cs.vu.nl), and the whatis.sh file
was lost. I got whatis.sh from the 1.6.23 upgrade on koeln, the crc matched.
Now that I've got everything I started to apply the patch. Using only a 10Mb
partition I did it part by part, starting with the commands, then the kernel,
the include files and finaly the library. I only whished I started with the
library, because that whould have saved me a lot of time.
The library is very incomplete. The whole ansi and stdio directory is
praktically empty, and what can you do with a C library without printf,
fread, fwrite etc?? The 1.5 distribution contains the files for ansi but these
files differ from the crcs in 1.6.24b. I don't want to use them, I wanted to
have a real 1.6.24b system! I started looking again on the FTP sites on
earlyer distributions but this time no luck. So now I'm stuck. I can only
build an unstable hybrid version of minix for which there is no future path,
which is not supported by Andy, and which may or may not work, Great.
There are several people beta-testing this version. How come they didn't miss
those files. How did they get them or did they have to buy the compiler to get
It's fine with me, I know the patches are free and I shouldn't complain.
I only complain because I was told to upgrade from the net, and now that I
want to it appears it can't be done. Please don't tell the next one who
wants to start with the latest version of minix to upgrade from the net.
/ / Henk de Groot | Dep.: IISS-SE (System Management)
/ / (-_ / / /( Tel: +31 55 432104 | Digital Equipment Corporation