Re: PPPoE and boot floppies
Okay, so what am I going to do to get a network install going? Someone
on another list mentioned that there is a module for pppoe, but my
understanding of this is that it's for the 2.4 kernel. If there is no
solution to the pppoe problem I've got, I will say "failure" to the
current incarnation of woody boot-floppies (not that it amounts to
much). I'm not going to be able to change DSL providers for the near
future, so that isn't an option. I also spoke to them about the pppoe
requirement, but I'm not going to run out and buy a router to get around
Another question: why do the boot-floppies have to be 1.44 MB? If they
aren't tied to the physical medium any more, there really isn't a limit
as to how big they should be, right?
With debootstrap, is it possible that I could create a "mirror" or
simple archive of all the stuff debootstrap is going to d/l before I
boot into the b-f? That way I can get a mostly functioning system from a
local drive, install my pppoe software, get connected to the net, then
d/l everything else...
I've also thought of d/l an ISO of woody, but there aren't any. They
require rsync, which I don't think there is a mac version of that will
do. This part of my problem anyway: I'm in the Mac OS to get everything
I need as it is. So, getting an up-to-date cd image from which I can
create a local "mirror" (aka copy everything from the cd image to my
local drive) isn't going to be easy.
I don't care if you're going nowhere,
Just take good care of the world.
-- Depeche Mode
>From: Ethan Benson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: PPPoE and boot floppies
>Date: Mon, Jun 18, 2001, 4:29
> On Mon, Jun 18, 2001 at 10:12:58AM +0300, Tuomas Kuosmanen wrote:
>> Do we still use the base .tar.gz of the bare bones system? I remember
>> fetching that into my macos partition and doing the base install using it -
>> it contains dpkg and a functional base system so you should be able to
>> install everything else after that?
> no as i have said over and over again there is NO base tarball. the
> bootfloppies run a program called `debootstrap' which downloads all
> the packages that used to be installed in the base tarball and
> forcably installs them into /target.
> that means you must install base over network or cdrom, it sucks and its
> probably not going to be fixed, its not boot-floppies fault its
> debootstrap's fault, bug its maintainer. (don't expect anything to
> come from it).
>> In my case I even had problems booting with the floppy images (since Pismo
>> has no floppy drive, and there was no bootable CD for ppc at the time I
>> could find) - So I just untarred the base .tgz into a new partition, removed
>> /sbin/unconfigured.sh and off I went booting from that. Needless to say I
>> did a LOT of "stuff breaks and you fix it" -work... Not recommended. :-P
> that is not possible anymore
>> Is it possible for you to burn a bootable CD somewhere? That could be
>> another option as well. (Do those work on oldworlds?)
> get the cvs version of debian-cd, i beleive i have fixed it to make
> bootable (only on newworld powermacs) CDs of woody (and maybe sid).
> Ethan Benson