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Bug#260093: debian-installer installation-report AlphaStation 500/333


On Sun, Jul 18, 2004 at 02:38:52PM +0200, Ferdinand O. Tempel wrote:
> Package: installation-reports


> Debian-installer-version: 20040716,
> http://cdimage.debian.org/pub/cdimage-testing/daily/alpha/20040716/sarge-alpha-businesscard.iso
> Linux alphabox 2.4.26-1-generic #2 Sat May 1 16:31:16 EST 2004 alpha
> GNU/Linux
> Date: Sun Jul 18 13:54:13 CEST 2004
> Method: Network install, initiated from a bootable "businesscard" CD.
> The CD is booted from the Alpha's SRM console with `boot DSKA600`. I've
> tried to install from the regular CD too, but kernel panics are
> experienced when the CDRom drive is accessed extensively.

This sounds like it might be a hardware problem.  I've never seen kernel
panics related to CD access on alpha.

> alphabox:/home/polarwolf# fdisk -l /dev/sdb
> Disk /dev/sdb: 4550 MB, 4550934016 bytes
> 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 553 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
> 3 partitions:
> #       start       end      size     fstype   [fsize bsize   cpg]
>  a:        2       500       499       ext2                      
>  b:      501       554*       53*      ext2

> Install boot loader:    [E]

> Comments/Problems:
> It works well, until in the last phase it tries to write an aboot
> configuration out to disk. The error which shows up in the logging
> console is:

> main-menu[261]: (process:12921): error: bootcode overlaps with partition
> #1. If you really want this, use -f1
> aboot-installer: info: Installing aboot on '/dev/sdb'

> So I've done some investigation, and it appears that to install aboot
> you need some free space on the disk before the first partition
> (according to the FAQ on
> http://www.alphalinux.org/faq/SRM-HOWTO/srm-aboot.html:

This bug in the partitioner should be addressed as of the 20040720 daily
(sid_d-i) CD images.  If you can, I would appreciate it if you would
re-test the autopartitioning support using this newer image; I'm
unfortunately not in a position to do such testing, since all my disks
have live data located on them in inconvenient places.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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