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Re: Woody installation on IBM 44P-170 - really close

On Tue, May 14, 2002 at 01:41:54PM -0500, Rolf Brudeseth wrote:
> I believe I am really close to getting Debian working on an IBM 44P-170
> workstation.
> I made a combined boot/root image. The kernel is 2.4.18 from kernel.org,
> while the root image is from Debian. I used the default power3 config file
> (power3_defconfig).
> Root image:
> http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/woody/main/disks-powerpc/current/chrp/root.bin
> 02-Apr-2002
> I download the boot/root image from Open Firmware via BOOTP. It starts up
> the installation routine. I am able to successfully partition/format the
> hard drive.

It'll be great if you can write up the steps required to get here.

> However, if I try to install via NFS I get the following error message:
> "Error mounting NFS filesystem, 'server:/path', please try again."

Does it literally say 'server:/path', indicating the variables are not
getting initialized? or is the path correct as far as you can see?
If you look in vc 3, is there another possibly more detailed error 
message there?
> I know NFS is working, because I am able to mount from other systems.
> If I try to install via HTTP/FTP it will successfully download rescue.bin
> and drivers.tgz; however I get the following error messages:
> "Unable to mount the Rescue Floppy."
> "The attempt to extract Rescue Floppy failed."
> "Installation of the file '/tmp/rescue.bin' failed."
> Why is rescue.bin even required at this point?
boot-floppies never dropped the floppy terminology even when 
they added new paths for installation. rescue.bin is the file 
that contains the kernel; and the code looks for that file name.

> Are these known issues?

I just looked through the bug list, and indeed there is an nfs bug
#142267 in the current release. It was fixed by Matt Kraai and is
pending for the next release.

The extract thing sounds familiar to me too, but I can't place it.
The target is not an nfs share too? Thinking the other bug may be 
causing this as secondary. 

> Do I need to submit a bug?
> Is there a way I can work around the problem?

You could use wget within the installer to download rescue.bin and
drivers.tgz to your target manually, then point the installer there
for installation of kernel and drivers ('mounted partition').
They need to be arranged as: 

But maybe the vc3 error messages will give a better clue what is

*------v--------- Installing Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 --------v------*
|      <http://www.debian.org/releases/woody/installmanual>      |
|   debian-imac (potato): <http://debian-imac.sourceforge.net>   |
|            Chris Tillman        tillman@voicetrak.com          |
|                   May the Source be with you                   |

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