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Re: Alpha Boot Floppies: new version

Doug Larrick <doug@ties.org> writes:

> Quoting Falk Hueffner <falk.hueffner@student.uni-tuebingen.de>:
> > That's really good news. I couldn't get bootp to work, so I
> > couldn't test it.  There were some suspicious hacks in the
> > previous version...
> Bootp is a lot easier to get going using a dhcp server rather than a
> bootp server.  Much better log messages.  Or did you mean the SRM
> end?

Yes, I meant the SRM end.  I couldn't get SRM tro transmit *anything*
over ethernet (checked with tcpdump), regardless of the medium type
setting.  Perhaps this is because I had a crappy ISA card at the other
end; they can communicate from Linux, though.

> > > The bad news?  The installation hangs during/right after
> > > installing the libc6.1 package.  It hangs so solid that the
> > > shell on the second virtual console will not respond.  I even
> > > tried floppies rather than tftp and it stops in the same
> > > location.  Is this a known problem?
> > 
> > No.  That's really weird; I have no idea what might cause this. I
> > had no problems at that point.  Did you download via http, or did
> > you install from a mounted mirror?
> Downloaded via http.  If there's an easy way to make a local mirror
> of just the files needed for the base system I'd be willing to give
> that a try.

Anthony Towns just posted a method on debian-boot:

/usr/sbin/debootstrap --download-only --arch alpha woody woody-alpha http://ftp.debian.org/debian/
(cd woody-alpha && tar cf ../basedebs_3.0_alpha.tar *)
rm -rf woody-alpha


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