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Bug#266066: Alpha netboot doesn't mount initrd, causing kernel panic

On Mon, Aug 16, 2004 at 04:25:01PM +0100, Paul Millar wrote:
> Hash: SHA1

> Package:  debian-installer

> (is this the right package?)

> I'm using DHCP server to issue an Alpha LX164 machine with a netboot boot.img 
> file.  The latest version (2004-08-09, MD5: 4591236ca7d3eb6daba4b0f133f947a6) 
> (and recent, previous versions) do not boot correctly as they failing to 
> mount the initrd image and so cause the kernel to panic.

> The work-around is to issue a suitable kernel command-line at SRM prompt:

> boot ewa0 -fl "root=/dev/rd/0 devfs=mount,dall rw ramdisk_size=16384 
> init=/linuxrc"

> but this is somewhat unwieldy.

> Can correct parameters be compiled into the alpha-install kernel, embedded 
> within the boot.img image?

The correct parameters *are* embedded in the netboot image.  Please
check your boot_osflags setting; it is likely that you have a value set
that is overriding the settings in the image.

boot ewa0 -fl "" always works for me.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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