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Bug#283050: IP22 MIPS Linux Install Failure

Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> * Philippe Vachon <phirkel@engsoc.org> [2004-11-26 00:02]:
> > 1. The version of fdisk that comes with Debian Installer REALLY sucks...
> > namely because I had to figure out on paper my partition table, rather
> We'll move to something else after sarge.
> > 2. After installing the base system, and writing with ARCS to the PROM the
> > values I was told to by d-i after the installation of the base system was
> > complete, the system failed completely to boot -- it would load the ARCS
> > kernel loader, which then proceeded to tell me it couldn't find the
> > Kernel.

This suggests some typo in the firmware variables.
The following is needed:


  -> Test: Typing "ls" in the firmware lists "arcboot"

OSLoadPartition=scsi(0)disk(<scsi-id>)rdisk(0)partition(<partition-number - 1>)

 -> Test: Typing "boot" in the firmware tries the boot _without_
          showing an error message about "unrecognized file system"

    Caveat: ARCS partition numbering is zero-based, so ???partition(1)
            is /dev/sd?2


 -> Test: This should load the kernel.

    Caveat: The arcboot label is case-sensitive.
            E.g. "linux" as label will fail.

> Can you put a kernel on your TFTP server and then boot into the Debian
> system?  Can you then investigate and see whether the kernel is really
> there.  i.e. look into /boot and also take a look at /etc/arcboot.conf

Booting the install image with:

bootp(): append="single root=/dev/sd??"

should work also.


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