Re: Obtaining and installing...
Neil Williams wrote:
> On Fri, 02 Apr 2010 09:53:32 +0100
> Neil Stone <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> It seems the documentation is somewhat broken..
> Documentation can always be improved but we need some idea of which
> bits need fixing and which areas are causing misinterpretations.
"For the first installation method you'll need to download an installer
image from the netboot directory (at the location mentioned in ) and"
mentioned in where ??
>> do I presume that I
>> use a normal Debian install media and point it at emdebian.org at the
>> right moment or is there some other method ?
> That is one option, yes - for devices that can run the normal Debian
> installer, typically something that can boot from removable media and
> can (at least initially) use a standard, vanilla, Debian kernel.
> Other installation methods are outlined on the Grip installation page:
> The problem with documenting this in detail is that once you get away
> from being able to use the Debian Installer, things get very
> complicated quite quickly. It is highly device specific.
> e.g. One other installation method is to create a complete root
> filesystem using multistrap to provide the core packages and adding
> further customisation. At such times, a Grip installation can be a part
> of whatever is the normal installation method for that device.
Now you're talking my language, just need to work out how..
>> Either way I have a bit of a challenge as I want to use this on a
>> TS-7550 ARM based SBC, its only IO is via USB ports (2 of) or eth0.
> It depends more on how the device currently boots.
Currently it boots from onboard flash to an initrd, then once that exits
it boots Lenny.. that's how it is shipped from the supplier.
>> I have a way to get standard Debian on to these systems, but I would
>> prefer to save the space and get to emdebian.. is that do-able ?
> Also, if there is a different way of installing which could be less
> hassle than using the Debian Installer (DI), Grip could fit into that
> method too.
>> yes, can anyone point me at a HOWTO (change sources.list and run
>> dist-upgrade ??) ?
> There are issues with the Debian Installer for Lenny which we hope to
> fix for Squeeze but, yes, complete the install, boot the device, change
> the sources list, apt-get update, apt-get install grip-config, apt-get
> That middle step (installing our own little helper package) gets over a
> few hurdles which *have* been fixed for Squeeze.
> Grip is at version 1.0 with Lenny and there are rough edges.
> If there are things you'd like to see in the docs, feel free to use the
> Debian Wiki: http://wiki.debian.org/Embedded_Debian
what changes are needed to sources.list ? I think I will likely head
that way at first due to the systems shipping with Lenny in situ (i
might try a jump to squeeze at some point).
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