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I've been having a hard time with the installation instructions contained in 


They say:

>Short notes for installation on mac:
>- dump resc1440-mac.bin to floppy (using rawwrite on a PC, or dd on a Linux
>  box that supports PC floppies). -> 'rescue floppy'

The disk image appears to be an MS-DOS image, so my version of MacOS isn't
going to read it.  Is there a way around this?

>- copy the resc1440.bin and drv1440.bin floppy images to a directory on the
>  Mac HD (HFS).

Where are these files?  Do you mean resc1440-mac.bin, which is contained in
the same directory?  Should we be using drv1440.bin from one of the other
m68k directories?

>- copy base2_0.tgz to the Mac HD (no clue if there's a Mac tool to 'cat' the 
>  1.4 MB chunks together).

Done.  (There are no 1.4MB chunks to put together.)

>- insert the 'rescue floppy'.

I can't do this, but I have a copy of Penguin on my HFS partition.  I got
the Debian Installation going by using one of the kernels off of the the
linux-mac site and using root.bin (from the "common" m68k directory) as my
RAM disk. Is there any difference between this root.bin and root.bin in the
resc1440-mac.bin image?  Is there anything special about the kernel image in

>- start the booter by double clicking on the 'Penguin Prefs' icon. (Don't copy
>  the rescue floppy contents to disk, the Preferences file seems to contain the 
>  absolute path to kernel and ramdisk. Everything would still be looked for 
>  on the floppy). 
>- grab a coffee ... Macs are slow :-)
>The kernel should boot and load the ramdisk. Mac floppy isn't supported by 
>Linux/m68k yet, so kernel, modules and base system need to be installed off the 
>HFS filesystem. fdisk -l should help in locating the data partition, and 
>the shell console should be used to cat the base system fragments into
>base2_0.tgz. I've not tested installation off that boot disk, all based on the
>old slow dinstall :-)

Is it necessary to install the kernel and modules?  My understanding of the
state of MacLinux is that the booter must grab the kernel image off of an
HFS partition. Also, there is only one big base2_0.tgz in the directory,
which I've been trying to extract onto my Linux partition:  I've bypassed
"Install Operating System Kernel and Modules", but the installation chokes
on "Install the Base System" trying to extract base2_0.tgz from my HFS
partition.  (It gives the message "unexpected end of file".)

Is there a way to manually extract base2_0.tgz from the command console?

Thanks for any information.

Andrew Leahy

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