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RC2 Alpha installation report


I just successfully installed using d-i RC2 on my DP264 system.  I had
almost no trouble, except that the installer did not seem to set the
default boot device in SRM.  I had to set bootdef_dev by hand before the
system would boot.

Also, I installed with XFS / and EXT2 /boot.  This works, except that
kernel updates  have to be done by hand since aboot cannot read symlinks
from the XFS / filesystem.  I suppose this should be filed as a bug
against aboot(?) but I'm not sure if it's readily fixable.  The solution
that I see would be to just move /vmlinuz and /vmlinuz.old (and the
associated initrd.img symlinks) into /boot.

Anyway, I've never touched an Alpha system before tonight, and d-i
worked for me on the first try.  I am glad I made the assumption that
/boot should be left as ext2, though.

Various config tidbits (no idea if you care about these, feel free to ignore):

# lspci
0000:00:05.0 ISA bridge: Contaq Microsystems 82c693
0000:00:05.1 IDE interface: Contaq Microsystems 82c693
0000:00:05.2 IDE interface: Contaq Microsystems 82c693
0000:00:05.3 USB Controller: Contaq Microsystems 82c693
0000:00:07.0 VGA compatible controller: Texas Instruments TVP4020 [Permedia 2] (rev 01)
0000:00:08.0 Ethernet controller: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21140 [FasterNet] (rev 22)
0000:01:07.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic 53c895 (rev 02)

# cat /proc/cpuinfo
cpu                     : Alpha
cpu model               : EV6
cpu variation           : 7
cpu revision            : 0
cpu serial number       : 
system type             : Tsunami
system variation        : DP264
system revision         : 0
system serial number    : 
cycle frequency [Hz]    : 499874069 est.
timer frequency [Hz]    : 1024.00
page size [bytes]       : 8192
phys. address bits      : 44
max. addr. space #      : 255
BogoMIPS                : 998.56
kernel unaligned acc    : 0 (pc=0,va=0)
user unaligned acc      : 0 (pc=0,va=0)
platform string         : AlphaPC 264DP 500 MHz
cpus detected           : 2
cpus active             : 2
cpu active mask         : 0000000000000003

- Ben

| Ben Staffin
  perpetual nerd  |

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