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Re: PowerPC CHRP network install

On Tue, Oct 21, 2003 at 11:26:04PM +0200, Gaudenz Steinlin wrote:
> Am Die, den 21.10.2003 schrieb Rolf Brudeseth um 22:08:
> > 
> > 
> > I downloaded the debian-installer via cvs and read the documentation. It
> > appears to indicate that there are two supported netinst methods; however,
> > both require a CD?
> No, you dont' need to burn the image on a CD.

Actually, it's very difficult to use the current CD image without a
CD.  It makes the assumption that the CD is there, and the last time I
tried, I couldn't fool it into thinking the hard disk was where it
wanted to look. We need to have options available for mirrors on the
hard disk.

Also, the yaboot.conf is set up for CD usage. We will have to tell the
user to modify it for hard disk. Maybe it would be better to have a
separate d-i.tgz target intended to be unpacked on the hard disk.

> > 
> > On a PowerPC CHRP system, with the boot-floppies installer, I was able to
> > boot the zImage through BOOTP and load the initrd with NFS, and boot and
> > load the zImage.initrd via BOOTP only.
> I don't know if anyone tried NFS installs, but they should work in
> theory. zImage.initrd or zImage plus a separate initrd (if this is
> possible on your arch) over bootp/dhcp/tftp/whatsoever works.

We definitely need testing in this area.

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