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Bug#910715: Installation CD not bootable for architecture ppc64el



Package: installation-reports

Boot method: CD
Image version: https://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/ppc64el/iso-cd/debian-9.5.0-ppc64el-netinst.iso
Date: 10 oct 2018, 9AM CET

Machine: PowerMac G5
Processor: ppc64el
Memory: (irrelevant)
Partitions: (could not create)

Output of lspci -knn (or lspci -nn): (could not run)

Base System Installation Checklist:

Initial boot:           [E]
Detect network card:    [ ]
Configure network:      [ ]
Detect CD:              [ ]
Load installer modules: [ ]
Detect hard drives:     [ ]
Partition hard drives:  [ ]
Install base system:    [ ]
Clock/timezone setup:   [ ]
User/password setup:    [ ]
Install tasks:          [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Overall install:        [ ]

Comments/Problems:

When burnt from the ISO image provided on the Debian website, the installation CD is not bootable. After analysis, it seems the 'yaboot' boot loader is completely missing from the CD: the 'install' directory where it should be contains only initrd.gz & vmlinux.

NB: there is the same issue with the 8.11 'jessie' release. The latest stable release that had a correct yaboot installed in its installation CD for ppc64el was 7.11 'wheezy' (which I could install without problems).


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