Help with install from USB
I'm trying to install Sarge on a few new servers but I've run into some
problems. The servers have no cdrom and no floppy, so I'm installing
from a USB key.
I tried the official Sarge installer, but I can only get to the stage
where I need to partition the hard drives because they are not detected.
These systems have a newer Promise SATA TX2 controller which I think is
only detected/supported since Linux 2.6.12.
So, now I'm trying a current snapshot of the installer. Here's the files
and method I used to create the bootable USB key:
# wget http://people.debian.org/~joeyh/d-i/images/2005-10-14/hd-media/boot.img.gz
# wget http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/3.1_r0a/i386/iso-cd/debian-31r0a-i386-netinst.iso
# zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sda
# mount -t vfat /dev/sda /usbkey
# cp debian-31r0a-i386-netinst.iso /usbkey
# umount /usbkey
I can't get quite as far with the newer installer, because after booting
it's unable to mount the fat filesystem on the usbkey. (note: I'm not
actually in front of that particular machine now, but I've reproduced
the problem on the PC next to me). If I "Execute a shell" and try to
mount manually, I get the following:
# mkdir /mnt
# mount -t vfat /dev/discs/disc3/disc /mnt
mount: Mounting /dev/discs/disc3/disc on /mnt failed: Invalid argument
These two lines get added to the end of dmesg every time I try to mount:
# dmesg | tail -n 2
Unable to load NLS charset cp437
FAT: codepage cp437 not found
Now, I don't know if I've done something unusual or not. I dug up the
following changeset which leads me to believe I might have:
Okay, I'm probably being annoyingly verbose already, so can anyone tell
me what I can do to get past this point?