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Author Simh Networking on Mac OS X
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Posted on August 21 2008 10:10
I've got simh running on my Mac (running OS X 10.5.4) but am having trouble with the networking part. I've seen bits and pieces of configuration info at various places but nothing that steps me through it. My ini file for simh has:

set xq mac=(my wireless card's MAC address)
attach xq eth0

and when simh starts it reports "file open error" when it gets to the attach command.

Also, once VMS is running, how do I configure TCP/IP? I don't have a domain address to set. Do I manually set it's address to the local network address of my Mac or will it get an IP address once simh is set up correctly?

Any pointers would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Dan
Edited by djlstewart on August 21 2008 10:12
Author RE: Simh Networking on Mac OS X
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Posted on August 21 2008 17:19
My ini file for simh has:

set xq mac=(my wireless card's MAC address)
attach xq eth0

and when simh starts it reports "file open error" when it gets to the attach command.

Though I believe MacOS is based on some *ix kernel, the device to configure with the attach command is platform-specific. You can list all the available network devices using "show xq eth" or "attach xq ?".

Also, once VMS is running, how do I configure TCP/IP? I don't have a domain address to set. Do I manually set it's address to the local network address of my Mac or will it get an IP address once simh is set up correctly?

Your VAX is a system of it's own, and so must have its own IP address.

HTH,
Martin


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Author RE: Simh Networking on Mac OS X
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Posted on August 22 2008 12:23
Thank you for the helpful reply, Martin. Yes, MacOS X is based on the FreeBSD flavor of Unix.

When I type 'show xq eth' or 'attach xq ?' it tells me there's no network devices available. My version of simh has been compiled with Ethernet support, as verified with the 'show version' command. Any ideas?

Thanks much,
Dan
Edited by djlstewart on August 23 2008 07:13
Author RE: Simh Networking on Mac OS X
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Posted on August 23 2008 09:52
I noted the following entry on the Hoffman Labs site which may be useful

http://64.223.189.234/node/922
http://www.encompasserve.org/~miller/
Author RE: Simh Networking on Mac OS X
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Posted on August 24 2008 02:40
Thanks for your reply. While that page didn't solve my problem directly, it did lead me to look at some other things. I found that you apparently have to run as root (or sudo) for the calls to libpcap to run successfully. The device on the Mac is enX rather than ethX. I've got it working now but I'm not keen on running simh as the root user.

Dan
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