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Re: Bug#235044: No installable kernel found w/20040226 sarge bus. card daily

On Wed, Mar 03, 2004 at 10:00:57AM -0500, Barry Hawkins wrote:
> On Mar 3, 2004, at 2:41 AM, Sven Luther wrote:
> >On Tue, Mar 02, 2004 at 04:01:09PM -0500, Barry Hawkins wrote:
> >>
> >>On Feb 27, 2004, at 12:14 AM, Barry Hawkins wrote:
> >>
> >>>Package: installation-reports
> >>>
> >>>Debian-installer-version:
> >>>http://gluck.debian.org/cdimage/testing/daily/
> >>>powerpc/20040226/sarge-powerpc-businesscard.iso
> >>>uname -a: N/A, install fails
> >>>Date: 02/26/2004, 23:30 EST
> >>>Method: Booted to CD-ROM by holding down C after chime, using
> >>>debian.mirrors.pair.com
> >>>
> [...]
> >>>Comments/Problems:
> >>>
> >>>Toward the end of the install, past 70%, the following message 
> >>>appears:
> >>>
> >>>             No installable kernel found
> >>>No installable kernel was found in the defined APT sources.
> >>>
> >>>The current default kernel package is 'kernel-image'.
> >>>
> >>>You may try to continue though this strange error is probably fatal.
> >>>
> >>>The debug console shows the following:
> >>>
> >>>Setting up tasksel (1.44) ...
> >>>chroot: cannot execute apt-get: No such file or directory
> >>>
> >>Is there some reason that this and other powerpc installation reports
> >>are not being followed up on?
> >
> >Because the ones who care about powerpc are busy right now ? I think it
> >is exam time for some of them, or they are busy with other stuff. I
> >myself don't have a pmac, so there is not much i can do, and i think
> >gaudenz has gone to work on discovery mostly. Don't know about the
> >others.
> >
> >Maybe this is the right time for you (or others) to step in and have a
> >go at fixing this problem, if we want to have good powerpc support by
> >march 15.
> >
> >Anyway, i have no idea about the keyboard problem you reported, but
> >this kernel issue, it should not be problematic. Does choosing unstable
> >instead of testing make a change here ?
> >
> >Friendly,
> >
> >Sven Luther
> >
> [...]
> Sven,
> 	Thanks for the info; I didn't realize there were so few powerpc 
> 	folks! Well, I guess there's no time like the present to learn C.  I have 
> seen posts that Alioth has moved to using Subversion; any pointers on 
> what I need to get started?  I will begin with getting Subversion 1.0 
> set up on my Mac.

Well, debian-installer is mostly very basic shell scripts and common
sense stuff, no need to learn C for it. 

Also, for subversion, the active repository is still in CVS, altough
that may change in the future.

In order to fix this problem, you could start by : 

  1) trying out the unstable install instead of the sarge one, and see
  if the problem is still there.
  2) look at the exact error on console 3, if there is one, and on the
  messages on console 4.
  3) go to console 2 and run archdetect on it, then test the
  base-installer postinst to see which kernel should have been
  4) once you know that, make sure this kernel exists. Also, check with
  apt-cache search kernel-image which kernels are available from your


Sven Luther

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