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Re: Installation on SPARCSTATION 20 (fwd)

I think this is relevant for people doing the install system for sparc:

SILO seems to have problems with kernels in separate /boot partitions. The
installer shouldn't propose something that will lead the user into a dead
end on sparc!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 15:31:29 +0200
From: Tom Deprez <tom.deprez@uz.kuleuven.ac.be>
To: debian-sparc@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Installation on SPARCSTATION 20
Resent-Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 15:32:15 +0200 (MEST)
Resent-From: debian-sparc@lists.debian.org

I found a way to solve the problem. If I do not use a seperate partition for
/boot then it works...
Why is that?

But, now I'm facing another problem :-(.
During the first part of installation my cd-rom was recognised. Now the
installation keeps me
asking for the path.... (which path anyway? eg /dev/cdrom?)

When I try to mount, I get the message:

/dev/cdrom is not a block device.

What am I doing wrong? The cdrom was recognised during the first
installation fase....


----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Deprez" <tom.deprez@uz.kuleuven.ac.be>
To: <debian-sparc@lists.debian.org>
Sent: Monday, May 27, 2002 12:08 PM
Subject: Installation on SPARCSTATION 20

> Hi all,
> First : I'm new to Debian, I'm new to Sparcs, so I'm really a newbie on
> of these!
> (I received the sparc, because otherwise they throw it away and I wanted
> try Debian out,
> since most people tell me it's the best linux os for a server)
> I've followed the installation instructions and all went ok, until the
> 1. Creating the rescue floppy didn't work :-( It failed every time I tried
> 2. When I try to boot with 'boot disk', I get the following message:
> cannot find /vmlinuz (unknown ext2 error)
> I'm a little bit stuck here, since nothing is familiar for me. I've looked
> with google for
> answers, but most of them were a little bit cryptic, so I'm not wiser at
> moment.
> I know about the sun disk label 's' and I think I did it right, but I'm
> sure. I did the following:
> when creating partitions I did the following: I entered 's' and then just
> entered (thus letting Sun
> find itself). This resulted in 3 partitions, it removed all the previous
> partitions, is this normal?
> I deleted the first 2 (and left the 3rd alone, since I read that it was a
> special partition, needed to be on id 3).
> Then I created the following partitions:
> sb1 50 MB /
> sb2 16 MB /boot
> sb3 the special partition
> sb4 128 MB swap
> sb5 100 MB /home
> sb6 rest of the 2.1 GB /usr
> sba1 4.1 GB /var
> sba2 special partition
> This is mainly a server for the intranet, I hope my partitioning is ok. If
> not, please give some
> advice. Highly appreciated!
> Now, my questions:
> What did I do wrong?
> Why couldn't I create the rescue floppy? Is there a way to still create
> How can I proceed with the installation?
> Thanks in advance,
> Tom.
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