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Bug#248055: debian-installer installs compressed kernel that yaboot can't boot; has /proc problem

clone 248055 -1
reassign -1 yaboot-installer
retitle -1 yaboot-installer: cope with /target/proc being mounted already

On Sat, May 08, 2004 at 03:52:58PM -0700, John Gilmore wrote:
> (1)  The installer went OK until I reached the stage "Install yaboot loader".
> There it said "Looking for root partition", then popped up a message box:
>   Failed to mount /target/proc
>   Mounting the /proc filesystem on /target/proc failed
>   Please check the system log or the output on the third console (tty3).
>   Warning: Your system may be unbootable!
> It took me several tries to switch to tty3 (because the PowerBook has
> a fucked up keyboard without an obviously working Alt key and obviously
> working Function keys).  (Various of my attempts resulted in the screen
> changing, with further popups.)  By the time I got to tty3, I could see
> nothing resembling an error message.
> I switched to the tty2 shell and determined that /target/proc was
> already mounted.  I unmounted it from the shell.

Hm, we can make yaboot-installer more tolerant here. I've cloned off a
bug for this.

> (2)  Upon reboot, the first-stage boot came up, I let it default to Linux,
> yaboot came up, and I let it default.  However it couldn't find the kernel:
>   boot:  linux
>   Please wait, loading kernel...
>   /pci@f4000000/ata-6@d/disk@0:12,/vmlinux: No such file or directory
> I rebooted the CD and got to a shell.  Fsck'd and mounted the root
> partition (fsck found no errors).  In / is vmlinuz (with a z), not
> vmlinux (with an x).
> Yaboot can't boot a vmlinuz, but debian-installer is installing one.
> Yaboot would like to boot a vmlinux, but there is none there.

Sounds like it's installed the apus kernel by mistake. This is a
combination of the CD you're using lacking the correct kernel (I assume;
could you look for kernel-image-2.4.25-powerpc?) and known design
problems in base-installer that mean it can end up falling back to
unusable kernels if it can't find the one it wanted.

Thanks for your report,

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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