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Re: booting on a microway alpha box

On Wed, Jul 24, 2002 at 01:47:27PM -0500, Douglas Fils wrote:
[ Snip: continued problems booting alphas off CDROMs ]

> Question:
> I should be able to boot into Debian from the CD (disk 1) correct?
> thansk for everyones help and time with this..
> I'm really hoping to wipe all our alpha machines to debian 3.0, (we have
> about 30+ of these beasts and they are running old RH 6.2)

Maybe it'd be easier to accomplish that goal differently.  (That, and I'm
out of ideas on how to make it work.  It looks like SRM may be able to
boot from CD, but that doesn't work with MILO.)

It's possible to do a Debian install from an existing unix or Linux system,
which is how I wound up migrating from Redhat to Debian Slink.  Apparently
the process is better supported now, and documented under:


In particular, the section starting:
3.7 Installing Debian GNU/Linux from a Unix/Linux System

The basic idea is to make disk partitions (at least one) and untar
debootstrap into it, then boot with that as the root filesystem.

It might also be easier to clone hard disks after you have one system up,
saving the effort of doing the common part of the configuration repeatedly.

Does that look viable for you?

Jon Leonard

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