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Re: trying to install slink from cdrom on ds10...


I have installed Debian on several DS-10s but not from the CD. Three
documents were essential in getting it running:

The Readme file for the Debian installation

The Compaq installation guide for DS10 and DS20 at
http://www.digital.com/alphaserver/linux/install_guide.html. It is
intended for RedHat, but the process is easily adapted to Debian. There
are hardware issues (cards have to be in certain slots) that caused me
lots of grief before I knew about it.

The SRM HOW-TO, from the LDP site.

As I understand it DS10 requires a 2.2.12 or later kernel. I got one at
I created the installation floppies and replaced the kernel on the rescue
disk with the 2.2.12 one. Then installed from the floppies, and used
apt-get over the network to complete it.

I would think that you could do this with the CD as well. HTH.

Ernest Johanson
Web Systems Administrator
Fuller Theological Seminary

On Tue, 21 Mar 2000, Matthew Whitworth wrote:

> Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 11:17:35 -0800 (PST)
> From: Matthew Whitworth <matthew@okcomputer.org>
> To: Nikita Schmidt <cetus@snowball.ucd.ie>
> Cc: debian-alpha@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Re: trying to install slink from cdrom on ds10...
> Resent-Date: 21 Mar 2000 19:17:45 -0000
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> > Oh!  I just realised - you said you set boot_flags, right?  It should be
> > boot_osflags...
> > 
> > Just in case, I also found two useful kernel parameters: "panic=n",
> > where n is the number of seconds to wait after displaying the panic
> > message, and "no-scroll", which disables VGA console scrolling.  
> > Theoretically, either one of them should be sufficient for you to see
> > the actual panic message.  And you can pass the parameters on the boot
> > command line like this:
> >       >>> boot dqa0 -flags "root=/dev/hda panic=10"
> Nikita, you are the King!  boot_flags was a misprint in my mail -- it was
> really boot_osflags on the machine.  I set panic=300 and saw the
> following:
> request_module[nls_iso8859-1]: Root fs not mounted
> Unable to load NLS charset iso8859-1
> VFS: Mounted root (iso9660 filesystem) readonly
> Freeing unused kernel memory: 160k freed
> Warning: unable to open an initial console
> Kernel panic: No init found.  Try passing init= option to kernel
> Which I guess is a good point.  Can't seem to find a live filesystem
> containing init on the CD.  Should I be loading something into a RAMdisk?
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> matthew whitworth
> matthew@okcomputer.org
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