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Bug#141769: prep and boot-floppies (was bugid 141769)


here are the answers on your questions and some extra info.

> Machine 1
> Bull Estrella 200 (Motorala Powerstack with utah board)
> PREP method PPCBUG firmware.
> PowerPC with 601 ? a 100 MHZ processor

Is this the machine you were using for the woody attempts?

-->Yes, this is the machine in the office and is not my own.
-->On this machine installing woody 226 and the download from 3022220020403
works fine

> Software used : Debian3.0.19PPCBeta

What is that?  Is it possible to use boot-floppies 3.0.22 (the latest) ?

--> Seems to be potato 2.2.3

> Booting of the net with tftp, using root from floppy.

I don't quite understand this.  If you boot on the net, you should
be able to use TFTP to get the root floppy, no?

> Saying that there are problems with the root floppy
> Booting from cdrom
> Saying that there are problems with the root floppy

What is the exact message?

--> I can reproduce it but that will be at a later time just as a reference
for the community.

> Did not test a complete boot from floppy, this has to be done.
> If the results are known I will let you know if you are interested

Very interested.

In fact, the above machine is installed now using the boot floppies.

> And finally my own machine
> Machine 2
> Bull Estrella 300 (Motorala Powerstack with utah board)
> PREP method openfirmware.
> PowerPC with 604e 200 MHZ processor
> Difference with the real motorola is the on-board vga which a Bull does
> have.

> Software used : Debian potato 2.2.3
> During the boot phase (flop,net and cdrom) I get the following messages
> concerning the scsi controller :
> ncr53c8xx : At PCI bus 0, device 12, function 0
> ncr53c8xx : setting PCI_COMMAND_IO PCI_COMMAND_MEMORY...
> ncr53c8xx : setting PCI_COMMAND_MASTER...(fix up)
> ncr53c8xx : changing PCI_LATENCY_TIMER from 0 to 80
> ncr53c8xx : 53c825a detected
> ncr53c825a-0 : rev 0x13 on pci bus 0 device 12 function 0 irq 15
> ncr53c825a-0 : ID 7, fast-io, parity checking
> scsi0 : ncr53c8xx-3.4.1-200000726
> scsi1: 1 host
> scsi aborting commmand due to timeout : pid 0, scsi0, channel 0, id 0,
> 0, test unit ready 00 00 00 00
> ncr53c8xx_abort : pid 0 serial_number=1 serial_number_timeout=1
> Than the machine hangs.
> The same applies to the woody release 3.0.19 beta when booting from the
> or cdrom.
> Same message.

Ok, there might be a kernel boot-argument that you can use to work
around this.  Again, I'm only interested really in results using the
latest boot-floppies.

--> Latest info : The error message appears when booting from the boot
floppy using woody 3.0.22 !!!

And now the interesting part comes.

I finally succeeded in "getting something" to run as you already guessed
The actual release running on this machine is the one that says 2.2.12 in
This release installed correctly but couldn't be booted when the partition
was as follows :
1) primary partition Prep type 41 / 4 Mb
2) Logical partition Linux ext2 type 83 / 4 Gb
3) logical partition Linux swap type 82 / 128 Mb

Maybe the install guide from matt porter has to be modified.

I changed the partitioning scheme as follows :

1) primary partition Linux ext2 type 83 / 64 Mb
2) primary partition Prep boot type 41 / 4 Mb
3) primary partition Linux swap type 82 / 100 Mb

We now now that not only AIX was running without problems on this system,
but also an outdated debian release.
I want to use this minimal running system as a reference when creating a
bugreport in kernel-image-2.2.20-prep
The software says that my system is a Powerstack II pro4000.

Question : Can I use the /var/log/syslog as a reference to my hardware ?
           Any more wanted when creating the bug report ?
           What potato release am I running now (2.2.12) ?
           This is the full string in /proc/version : Linux version 2.2.12
(root@beef) (gcc version 2.95.1 19990816
           (release)) #1 Thue Nov 11 16:02:41 MST 1999

And here you will find the contents of the base2_2.tgz as mentioned on the

| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err:
||/ Name            Version        Description
ii  adduser         3.11.1         Add users and groups to the system.
ii  ae              962-26         Anthony's Editor -- a tiny full-screen
ii  amiga-fdisk     0.04-1         Partition editor for Amiga
ii  apt             0.3.15         Advanced front-end for dpkg
ii  base-files      2.1.12         Debian Base System Miscellaneous Files
ii  base-passwd     3.1.5          Debian Base System Password/Group Files
ii  bash            2.03-3         The GNU Bourne Again SHell
ii  bsdutils        2.10d-3        Basic utilities from 4.4BSD-Lite.
ii  console-data    1999.08.29-8   Keymaps, fonts, charset maps, fallback
ii  debianutils     1.13.2         Miscellaneous utilities specific to
ii  diff            2.7-20         File comparison utilities
ii  dpkg            1.6.4          Package maintenance system for Debian
ii  e2fsprogs       1.18-2         The EXT2 file system utilities and
ii  elvis-tiny      1.4-7          Tiny vi compatible editor for the base
ii  fbset           2.1-5          Framebuffer device maintenance program.
ii  fdutils         5.3-3          Linux floppy utilities
ii  fileutils       4.0k-1         GNU file management utilities.
ii  findutils       4.1-34         utilities for finding files--find,
xargs, an
ii  ftp             0.10-3         The ftp client.
ii  gconv-modules   2.1.2-5        GNU C Library: Codeset conversion
ii  gettext-base    0.10.35-11.0.0 GNU Internationalization utilities for
the b
ii  grep            2.4-1          GNU grep, egrep and fgrep.
ii  gzip            1.2.4-33       The GNU compression utility.
ii  hostname        2.07           A utility to set/show the host name or
ii  kbd             0.99-8         Linux console font and keytable
ii  ldso            1.9.11-5       The Linux dynamic linker, library and
ii  libc6           2.1.2-5        GNU C Library: Shared libraries and
ii  libgdbmg1       1.7.3-26.2     GNU dbm database routines (runtime
ii  libncurses4     4.2-3.4        Shared libraries for terminal handling
ii  libnewt0        0.50-5.1       Not Erik's Windowing Toolkit - text mode
ii  libpam-modules  0.72-1         Pluggable Authentication Modules for PAM
ii  libpam-runtime  0.72-1         Runtime support for the PAM library
ii  libpam0g        0.72-1         Pluggable Authentication Modules library
ii  libpopt0        1.4-1          lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii  libreadlineg2   2.1-16         GNU readline and history libraries,
ii  libstdc++2.10   2.95.2-3       The GNU stdc++ library
ii  libwrap0        7.6-1.1        Wietse Venema's TCP wrappers library
ii  locales         2.1.2-11.0.1   GNU C Library: National Language
(locale) da
ii  login           19990827-12    System login tools
ii  mac-fdisk       0.1-1.1        Apple disk partition manipulation tool
ii  makedev         2.3.1-35       Creates special device files in /dev.
ii  mawk            1.3.3-3        a pattern scanning and text processing
ii  modconf       Device Driver Configuration
ii  modutils        2.3.7-1        Linux module utilities.
ii  mount           2.10d-3        Tools for mounting and manipulating
ii  ncurses-base    4.2-3.4        Descriptions of common terminal types
ii  ncurses-bin     4.2-3.4        Terminal-related programs and man pages
ii  netbase         3.16-8         Basic TCP/IP networking binaries
ii  passwd          19990827-12    Change and administer password and group
ii  pciutils        2.1.1-1        Linux PCI Utilities (for 2.[123].x
ii  pcmcia-cs       3.1.2-1        PCMCIA Card Services for Linux.
ii  perl-5.005-base 5.005.03-4.1   The Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish
ii  powerpc-utils   1.1.3-1        Various utilities for Linux/PowerPC
ii  ppp             2.3.10-2       Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) daemon.
ii  pppconfig       2.0.1          A text menu based utility for
configuring pp
iF  procps          2.0.6-3        The /proc file system utilities.
ii  quik            2.0-2          Bootloader for PowerMac or CHRP systems
ii  sed             3.02-4         The GNU sed stream editor.
ii  setserial       2.15-15        Controls configuration of serial ports.
ii  shellutils      2.0-4          The GNU shell programming utilities.
ii  slang1          1.3.9-1        The S-Lang programming library - runtime
ii  sysklogd        1.3-33         Kernel and system logging daemons
ii  sysvinit        2.77-3         System-V like init.
ii  tar             1.13.15-1      GNU tar
ii  tasksel         1.0-1          New task packages selector
ii  tcpd            7.6-1.1        Wietse Venema's TCP wrapper utilities
ii  telnet          0.14-9         The telnet client.
ii  textutils       2.0-2          The GNU text file processing utilities.
ii  update          2.11-1         daemon to periodically flush filesystem
ii  util-linux      2.10d-3        Miscellaneous system utilities.
ii  whiptail        0.50-5.1       Displays user-friendly dialog boxes from
ii  xviddetect      0.2-5          XFree86 installation helper

Hope to hear from you.

Regards Ronald Iemenschot

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