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Bug#121110: boot-floppies: TFTP boot on Alpha broken

Package: boot-floppies
Version: N/A; reported 2001-11-25
Severity: normal

Installing via tftpboot.img will stall at installation of libc6.1, as
has been reported to debian-alpha several times,
e.g. http://lists.debian.org/debian-alpha/2001/debian-alpha-200110/msg00010.html. "rgh" told me on IRC:

<rgh> mellum: re "init q", when I had that problem ia64, it was
 because I forgot to boot with root=/dev/ram
<rgh> mellum: without that, the kernel wants to do it's initrd magic,
 and runs /linuxrc before starting sbin/init.  linuxrc is linked to
 init, so effectively init gets run as pid 12 (or something > 1,
<rgh> linuxrc is run with a pid > 1, and the kernel expects that to
 return before it starts init as pid 1
<rgh> root=/dev/ram makes the kernel realise that the ramdisk si a
 real ramdisk, and not an initrd, so it disables the running of

So we need to find a way to force this parameter.


-- System Information
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: alpha
Kernel: Linux borkum 2.4.15-pre6 #2 Wed Nov 21 19:23:16 CET 2001 alpha
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=de_DE

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