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Bug#255169: installation report: SGI Indigo2 (r4k IP22)

Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: 20040618, debian/dists/unstable/main/installer-mips/current/images/r4k-ip22/netboot-boot.img
uname -a: Linux indigo 2.4.25-r4k-ip22 #1 Thu Apr 15 20:46:28 BST 2004 mips GNU/Linux
Date: 20040619
 TFTP boot on the LAN, network install (testing) from my local mirror.

Machine: SGI Indigo2, r4k IP22
Processor: R4400SC V6.0  FPU V0.0
Memory: 384 MB, only 256 usable without CONFIG_HIGHMEM (which doesn't work anyway)
Root Device: SCSI, /dev/sda
Root Size/partition table: 

Disk /dev/sda (SGI disk label): 64 heads, 32 sectors, 8748 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 bytes

----- partitions -----
Pt#     Device  Info     Start       End   Sectors  Id  System
 1:  /dev/sda1  boot        11        90    163840  83  Linux native
 2:  /dev/sda2  swap        91       600   1044480  82  Linux swap
 3:  /dev/sda3             601      4650   8294400  83  Linux native
 4:  /dev/sda4            4651      8747   8390656  83  Linux native
 9:  /dev/sda5               0        10     22528   0  SGI volhdr
11:  /dev/sda6               0      8747  17915904   6  SGI volume
----- Bootinfo -----
Bootfile: /unix
----- Directory Entries -----
 0: arcboot    sector    4 size   67392

/dev/sda1 on /boot type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sda3 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/sda4 on /home type ext3 (rw)

Output of lspci: No PCI bus.

Base System Installation Checklist:

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [ ]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Reboot:                 [E/O]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it


I didn't remember that I had to create the partitions from last to
first, I'm pretty sure I didn't do that when I installed woody on the
machine a year ago. Anyway, I eventually figured out and partitioned
the disk. Had to create an SGI disklabel on it, as it comes from a PC.

Disappointment : no XFS support :(((((

The bootloader installation went fine, but, unfortunately, it doesn't
handle a separate /boot partition, so the machine couldn't reboot.

I had to boot into the installer, and copy /etc/arcboot.conf to
/boot/etc/arcboot.conf, then set OSLoadPartition to the correct value
for /boot.

Everything else went fine. Now this machine will be really useful,
with a little bit more disk space (and less noise) :-)


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