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Bug#283050: IP22 MIPS Linux Install Failure

Good day!

> 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:
> SystemPartition=scsi(0)disk(<scsi-id>)rdisk(0)partition(8)
>   -> Test: Typing "ls" in the firmware lists "arcboot"
> OSLoadPartition=scsi(0)disk(<scsi-id>)rdisk(0)partition(<partition-number - 1>)
> OSLoader=arcboot

I checked this out, and it does, indeed, list arcboot. As well, I have the
values in the firmware set as the installer said they should (and after a
bit of poking around after netbooting, could confirm that the values the
installer spit out were correct).

>  -> 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
> OSLoadFilename=Linux
>  -> Test: This should load the kernel.
>     Caveat: The arcboot label is case-sensitive.
>             E.g. "linux" as label will fail.

I've got the arcboot label set up as Linux, so I don't believe that is the
issue. :)

> > 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.

As it does.

I'm going to fiddle around with the ARCSboot settings a bit
more, and maybe I can get it to play nicely. However, I am not confident,
as the settings in ARCS seem more-or-less correct.

> Thiemo


Philippe Vachon
Assistant Administrator, EngSoc Project, 3338 ME
Faculty of Engineering, Carleton University

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