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Bug#274260: Successful Sarge Debian-Installation rc1 on PowerPC Beige G3 from 2.6 ofonlyboot.img boot floppy

Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: RC1 (sarge-powerpc 2.6.8 kernel)
uname -a: Linux ppc 2.6.8-powerpc #1 Fri Aug 27 18:02:26 CEST 2004 ppc GNU/Linux
Date: 20040930 3:13 UTC

Method: Boot floopies downloaded from 

boot images = ofonlyboot.img root.img network-drivers.img cd-drivers.img

CD = weekly iso-1 CDROM dated Sep. 20, 2004 from

deb mirrors = ftp.us.debian.org/debian unstable* (see comment [3])

Machine: Power Macintosh Beige G3

Processor: PowerPC,750 rev. 2.2
processor       : 0
cpu             : 740/750
temperature     : 31-33 C (uncalibrated)
clock           : 233MHz
revision        : 2.2 (pvr 0008 0202)
bogomips        : 465.92
machine         : Power Macintosh
motherboard     : AAPL,Gossamer MacRISC
detected as     : 48 (PowerMac G3 (Gossamer))
pmac flags      : 00000000
L2 cache        : 512K unified pipelined-syncro-burst
memory          : 64MB
l2cr override   : 0xa9100000
pmac-generation : OldWorld

Memory: 64MB
MemTotal:        61904 kB
MemFree:         31344 kB
Buffers:          1916 kB
Cached:          16180 kB
SwapCached:          0 kB
Active:          17808 kB
Inactive:         5476 kB
HighTotal:           0 kB
HighFree:            0 kB
LowTotal:        61904 kB
LowFree:         31344 kB
SwapTotal:      249992 kB
SwapFree:       249992 kB
Dirty:               4 kB
Writeback:           0 kB
Mapped:          10144 kB
Slab:             4320 kB
Committed_AS:    26960 kB
PageTables:        368 kB
VmallocTotal:   923472 kB
VmallocUsed:     10480 kB
VmallocChunk:   912472 kB

Root Device: Seagate Baracude 9GB at /dev/sda
(that's pci/mac-io/scsi/sd@0:3 to Open Firmware 2.01f)
Root Size/partition table:
/dev/sda3               915192     53365    812999   7% /
tmpfs                    30952         0     30952   0% /dev/shm
/dev/hda9              3588204     32876   3373056   1% /home
/dev/sda7                27968      1045     25431   4% /tmp
/dev/sda5              3748768    159952   3398388   5% /usr
/dev/sda6              1830418      8239   1724523   1% /usr/src
/dev/sda4              1830418     89235   1643527   6% /var

Output of lspci and lspci -n:
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Motorola MPC106 [Grackle] (rev 40)
0000:00:10.0 ff00: Apple Computer Inc. Heathrow Mac I/O (rev 01)
0000:00:12.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage 
I/II 215GT [Mach64 GT] (rev 9a)

0000:00:00.0 0600: 1057:0002 (rev 40)
0000:00:10.0 ff00: 106b:0010 (rev 01)
0000:00:12.0 0300: 1002:4754 (rev 9a)

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot worked:    [E]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [E]
Install boot loader:    [E]
Reboot:                 [O]


Initial boot [E]
[1] The ofonlyboot.img started but the screen image (tuxmac in the frame 
buffer corner) color was messed up.

[2] The ofonlyboot.img floppy finished loading, but I had to eject it 
with a paper clip. I was not prompted, but I inserted the root.img. 
There were no kernel messages scrolling, but eventually, the d-i dialog 
screen began.

Install base system [E]
Hope this is clear enough to _someone_.
[3] A previous CD installation with this snapshot iso installs 
vmlinux-2.6.7-powerpc (with no choice), rather than the 2.6.8 on the 
floppy. I'm not sure exactly which kernel is used for the floppy's base 
installation, (it was late) but before I got that very welcome kernel 
choice, a dialog  warning appeared saying no modules were found to match 
the kernel. Huh?? I had selected the default, "testing", when 
configuring apt. (I had earlier gotten a "bad mirror" error after my 
first choice, debian.uchicago.edu, and changed mirrors.) After the 
kernel modules error message, I returned to the main menu, reconfigured 
the debian mirror to "unstable" and _presto_ was able to continue 
without further incident. I just discovered that these mirror/version 
changes did not remove the previously selected mirrors from 
/etc/apt/sources.list. Look ...

#deb file:///cdrom/ sarge main

deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Sarge_ - Official Snapshot powerpc Binary-1 (20040920)]/ unstable contrib main

deb http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib
deb-src http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib

deb http://debian.uchicago.edu/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib
deb-src http://debian.uchicago.edu/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib

deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free

Hey! CD reads "testing _Sarge_ ... unstable." Intuition, not experience 
tells me this list isn't good, but the system seems "stable" (get it?), 
even after a dist-upgrade in this state. Smarter heads than mine must 
have a plan.

Install boot loader [4]
background - I had used BootX to install from the same CD on the same 
box, and d-i said it was installing quik boot loader, but no progress 
bar; it quikly ;) bounced me back to the main menu, and there was no 
message that it had installed successfully. 
(see http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=273986 )

This installation, we have progress bar, success message and 
configuration, even a warning that Open Firmware changes might require 
one to zap the PRAM. The saga continues with quik; however, because I'm 
still reading how and haven't booted without BootX. But thanks to the 
successful quik configuration, now I have mac-centric /proc/device-tree 
to learn on.

Thanks for powerpc d-i improvements, all! Amen,

P.S There's an even more action-packed play-by-play narative of this 
installation here:
http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2004/09/msg00650.html .

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