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RE: Upgrading Sarge to Etch - failing to boot new kernel



Another option: Could you try "linux-image-2.6-alpha-legacy" instead of -generic? This uses another start address that may be needed for some machines and MILO. But as you have read from my prev message below, I don't think any kernel after 2.6.22 would work. As you are trying .18, you should have luck, but don’t upgrade to etchnhalf!

Uwe

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Uwe Schindler
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http://www.thetaphi.de
eMail: uwe@thetaphi.de


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Uwe Schindler [mailto:uwe@thetaphi.de]
> Sent: Friday, June 18, 2010 8:55 AM
> To: 'debian-alpha@lists.debian.org'
> Subject: RE: Upgrading Sarge to Etch - failing to boot new kernel
> 
> As far as I know, some time after 2.6.8, the kernel file format changed a little
> bit that needed a newer aboot loader, too (see changelog of aboot). Since
> this time milo is no longer working:
> 
> +  * Add support for booting >= 2.6.23 kernels, needed for etchnhalf. This
> +    was corrected in 1.0~pre20040408-1 with the following change, originally
> +    from Steve Langasek:
> +    - Update bootlx to ignore ELF header sections not of type PT_LOAD when
> +      loading the kernel, so that the new PT_NOTE sections in 2.6.23rc1 and
> +      above don't cause load failures.  Thanks to Richard Henderson for the
> +      patch.
> +
> + -- dann frazier <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>  Wed, 14 May 2008 02:38:35 -0600
> 
> Uwe
> 
> -----
> Uwe Schindler
> H.-H.-Meier-Allee 63, D-28213 Bremen
> http://www.thetaphi.de
> eMail: uwe@thetaphi.de
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Piotrek Gliźniewicz [mailto:glizda@gmail.com]
> > Sent: Friday, June 18, 2010 8:39 AM
> > To: debian-alpha@lists.debian.org
> > Subject: Re: Upgrading Sarge to Etch - failing to boot new kernel
> >
> > W dniu 2010-06-18 01:11, Matt Turner pisze:
> >  > 2010/6/17 Piotr Gliźniewicz<glizda@gmail.com>:
> >  >> Hi,
> >  >>
> >  >> I'm trying to install Debian on my 164LX with AlphaBIOS. Since the
> > newest
> > >> DVD I can boot from MILO (I'm using the one provided on the Woody
> > DVD) is
> >  >> Sarge, I installed it and begun upgrading to Etch (as advised in
> > the Lenny
> > >> readme). I've done a clean, default install of Sarge. Then I
> > >> upgraded to the
> > >> 2.6.8-4 kernel from the Sarge DVD and it worked without problems.
> > What I've
> >  >> done to upgrade to Etch:
> >  >>
> >  >> commented out Sarge CD in /etc/apt/sources.list  >> apt-cdrom add
> > (with the 1st Etch DVD)  >> aptitude update  >> aptitude upgrade  >>
> > aptitude install initrd-tools  >> aptitude install
> > linux-image-2.6-alpha-generic  >> shutdown -r now  >>  >> At this
> > point I can't boot the system with MILO. I'm trying to do it with a
> > >> command similar to the one I used to boot the 2.6.8-
> > 4 kernel:
> >  >>
> >  >> boot sdb6:vmlinuz-2.6.18-6-alpha-generic
> >  >> initrd=initrd.img-2.6.18-6-alpha-generic root=/deb/sdb7  >>  >>
> > Disk is partitioned to the Sarge default structure.
> >  >> sdb5 is the space reserved for aboot (empty)  >> sdb6 is /boot
> > (ext2 - MILO is not able to read ext3)  >> sdb7 is / (ext3)  >> sdb8
> > is swap  >>  >> It seems MILO loads the image, but then fails to boot
> > (it displays  >> bootfile=<some odd characters>.
> >  >>
> >  >> Any hints how to start it?
> >  >>
> >  >
> >  > Do you have a compelling reason to use AlphaBIOS/MILO?
> >  >
> >  > Matt
> >
> > This machine is dual-booting NT and Debian Sarge, so AlphaBIOS is the
> > only possibility. And the flash chip can either contain AlphaBIOS or
> > SRM. I know it's possible to start the machine with SRM on a floppy,
> > but this is what I'm trying to avoid. Since the 2.6.8 kernel booted,
> > it confirms that MILO is capable of booting newer kernels, but it
> > seems it fails to load the image properly to memory. I guess it might
> > be possible to generate the loaded image in some legacy format? I
> > noticed that during the kernel upgrade the imagerd is generate by some
> > tool, so maybe I should look here (it's initrd what loads vmlinuz, right?)?
> >
> > --
> > piotrek
> >
> >
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