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Re: Woody base-install, reboot - no inittab...

On Sun, May 08, 2005 at 03:36:55PM +0200, Guennadi Liakhovetski wrote:
> I'm trying to install woody (3.0r1) on an ARM platform, it is all mostly 
> hackish, own kernel, I just want to set up a "proper" complete Linux 
> distro for ARM with a compiler, package-management, etc., something a bit 
> more than busybox. So, I booted my kernel with an NFS-mounted 
> boot-"floppy", the installer started, I managed after several attempts to 
> go through the base-installation, either installing on an NFS mount, or on 
> a local CF (no PCMCIA). I also performed the "kernel-install" (of course, 
> I am not going to use that kernel, just to satisfy the installer), and 
> "make system bootable", because I hoped that then the system will really 
> become complete and ready for the reboot and further installation - but 
> alas. /etc/inittab and all contents of /etc/rc* is missing. I found one 
> more post on the internet about the same problem, and no suitable reply. I 
> could get some scripts from somewhere, the problem is - I don't want to 
> just boot this system, I want the 2 stage installer to start, then choose 
> packages, etc. - the usual thing. Well, I can now boot into the shell, 
> shall I just start the 2nd stage manually from there?

Well my experience getting debian onto an arm system it didn't support
was like this:

Install the linux image the vendor provides.
Copy over debian's debootstrap scripts
run debootstrap into a new dir to setup a debian filesystem.
Do whatever platform needs to make system bootable with a kernel (don't
expect debian to ever know how to boot your platform if you don't tell
it, since it isn't an already supported platform.)

You still have to fix fstab and such yourself, but at least rc#.d and
such will be in order.  If your platform needs a special kernel, just
use that however it wants to boot, and make sure to install the kernel
modules in the right place (if it has any modules).

Len Sorensen

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