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Re: Installing Sarge (3.1r1) on Amiga

Hi Stephen,

On 16.01.2006, you wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 15, 2006 at 12:32:55PM -0500, Peter Krummrich wrote:
>> when installing Sarge (3.1r1) on my Amiga, I observed some issues. I want
>> to share this information with you to give maintainers a chance to
>> improve the install process.
> Thanks.
> What install method did you use? Which initrd? What command line?
> Where did you get d-i from?

I installed from the CD set (13 CDs labeled Debian 3.1 r1 m68k bin)
using the StartInstall_clgen icon in the amiga directory.

>> Some information about my set-up: Amiga 2000, Blizzard 2060 with 64 MByte
>> RAM and SCSI, Oktagon 2008 SCSI, X-Surf Ethernet, Picasso II graphics
>> adapter.
>> The first observation was that the installer was not able to detect my
>> Ethernet adapter (X-Surf). In my Woody installation, the card works with
>> Kernel 2.4.27 with the zorro8390 module. Is there a way to repeat the
>> network configuration after the base installation has finished?
> Do you mean after you rebooted into the new system?

Yes. Is there some special Debian configuration program or should I use
a generic one like linuxconf?

> It would be interesting to know whether modprobe zorro8390 from vt2 of
> the installation would've gotten you a working network.

I repeated the first part of the install process to check. I discovered that
the zorro8390 module is actually included in the list of modules offered
for manual selection (I did not try this one during the actual installation
because I was looking for the ariadne2 module, which used to be the
appropriate one some time ago; the fact that the name had changed to
zorro8390 had escaped me at this time... sorry for this one). Manual
selection of the zorro8390 in the list worked. The installer continued with
configuring the network for DHCP (which would not have been my preferred
choice - I was rather looking for a way to configure a static IP address).

Maybe you can add examples for adapter names in the list? Some other people
may have similar problems to make a connection between the zorro8390 module
and ariadne2 or X-Surf adapters. 

>> The partitioning program had problems with one of my SCSI drives. Two of
>> them are connected to the Blizzard 2060 SCSI adapter (a 2 GByte IBM drive
>> and a 4 GByte IBM drive). The one I had problems with is a 9 GByte
>> Fujitsu drive connected to the Oktagon 2008 SCSI adapter. The installer
>> was able to detect the drive and displayed size and drive type correctly.
>> However, it did neither display partitions already present on the drive
>> nor let me add new partitions.
>> The "partition a hard drive" menu item of the installer did not work
>> either. It displayed a list of all three hard drives. When selecting a
>> drive from the list, it jumped back to the list after a few seconds.
>> Initially, I wanted to install Sarge on the third drive (9 GByte Fujitsu;
>> one
>> partition is already in use, so I could not erase the drive/partition
>> table completely). The problems with the installer forced me to install
>> on one of the IBM drives.
> Interesting. I'd sure like to see the installation log files. Probably
> in /var/log/installer of the new system.

I will send you the files in a separate message. Some of the are quite big
and probably not interesting for all folks reading this list.

>> Later on in the installation process, the installer complained several
>> times that it was not able to access the hardware clock.
> Amiga folks: is this a normal hardware thing?
>> When installing packages, the install process displayed an error message.
>> It could not find the package "read-edid"
> That shouldn't happen: network or cd?

CD set

>> So much for my observations during the install process. I hope this
>> information is helpful for someone out there. Please keep on working on
>> the m68k port of Debian. I highly appreciate the ability to install Linux
>> on my Amiga.
> If you have the opportunity to install again, please send us an
> installation report.
> <http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.m68k/ch05s03.html#submit-bug>
> Thanks,
> Stephen

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