Bug#297536: howto netboot powerpc
While I went through my backlog of the debian-boot mailinglist
I found this message below. It didn't had any follow up according my
threaded E-mail reader, so I'm worried that this information
is "lost in the archive".
Please include it in the manual.
----- Forwarded message from Wouter Verhelst <email@example.com> -----
From: Wouter Verhelst <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Sven Luther <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: howto netboot powerpc
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 16:26:44 +0100
Organization: The Debian Project, http://www.debian.org/
On Fri, Jan 14, 2005 at 01:58:05PM -0500, Joey Hess wrote:
> Sven Luther wrote:
> > On which kind of powerpc ? It is different on each one, but i will try to
> > contribute some stuff for the pegasos case which is of interest to you i
> > think.
> I'm specifically trying to get pegasos to work, but generally interested
> in making sure that most or all powerpc users have the info in the
> manual or a pointer to a place that it is documented.
I just broke my NewWorld mac laptop and had to netboot it to get it to
work again. So it's still fresh in my memory ;-)
What you need is indeed yaboot in a tftp area. I ran
dpkg -x yaboot_1.3.13-3_powerpc.deb .
and copied usr/lib/yaboot/yaboot to /tftpboot, together with the vmlinux
and the initrd.gz that I copied from an archive mirror. Then, I created
a /tftpboot/yaboot.conf that looks like this (information extracted from
the list archives, but slightly modified to make it work in my case):
init-message="Debian GNU/Linux Network boot for Debian-Installer (Sarge)"
append="devfs=mount,dall init=/linuxrc --"
Now, you need to set up a DHCP server. Nothing special there; making
sure next-server is set as usual and that filename contains "yaboot"
should do it. If it doesn't, it's still possible to boot in a more
explicit way (see below)
Next, boot the Mac and make sure you get an OpenFirmware prompt (hold
Command+Option+O+F during boot). At the OpenFirmware prompt, enter
or, if that doesn't work, the more explicit way:
boot enet:<server's IP>,yaboot
Now, all one needs to do is sit back and relax while the system boots
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