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Bug#241228: Oldworld from floppy, installing the kernel fails



On Thu, Apr 01, 2004 at 07:31:31PM +0200, Holger Levsen wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> > Ok, a bit of history is in order here. Previously, old wolrd was not
> 
> thanks for the info!
> 
> > > > > You are attempting to install an initrd kernel image (version
> > > > > 2.4.25-powerpc-small)
> > > > > This will not work unless you have configured your boot loader to use
> > > > > initrd.
> > Yeah, ok i understand. I have not yet mastered the part with the initrd
> > thingy, this would be a good thing.
> 
> Yep, me too ;-) :( The debian kernels in woody are also initrd ones, that's 
> why I've always built my own kernels. Aren't the sarge kernel using initrd as 
> well. So it should be "normal" for d-i to install initrd-kernels, why are 
> there problems ?

I think they never included an initrd on powerpc, contrary to what you
may be used to on x86.

> > Another solution would be for base-installer to install the -powerpc
> > kernel on your box too, since the main reason to use the -powerpc-small
> > kernel is so that it will fit on a floppy with miboot.
> 
> I did that manually and it worked. That's what I did, when the installer 
> failed: switched to another console, then
> 
> chroot /target
> ifconfig eth0 up && passwd
> dpkg --configure -a
> apt-get install ssh joe kernel-image-2.4.25-powerpc-pmac
> # set open firmware
> nvsetenv boot-device ata/ata-disk@0:0
> nvsetenv boot-file "/boot/vmlinux-2.4.25-powerpc"
> nvsetenv output-device   screen
> nvsetenv input-device    kbd
> quikconfig
> joe /etc/quik.conf
> quik
> cat /etc/quik.conf & reboot
> -------schnipp------------
> root=/dev/hda2
> # Generated by quikconfig
> # (C) 1998 Matt McLean <keys@yikes.com>
> # partition=3
> # map=/boot/map
> timeout=20
> image=/boot/vmlinux-2.4.25-powerpc
> label=Linux
> read-only
> -------schnapp------------
> 
> The computer then booted sarge from hard discs (yippie! ;-) but the last 
> configuration bits and the question for tasksel or dselect were missing.
> 
> Is there support for setting open firmware values in debian-installer at the 
> moment ?

Not yet, but you are welcome to provide patches.

Friendly,

Sven Luther



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