Woody + Dell PowerEdge = disaster.
[repost, don't seem to get through first time]
I'd like to rant about woody instalation process.
Last Wednesday, we decided to install woody on our PowerEdge 4100. It
had a fast install of potato, some of our early experiments entitled
'will debian install on this?' We booted from rescuecd , run cfdisk,
partitioned /dev/sda - which is RAID5, and booted into instalation cd of
It doesn't seem to see /dev/sda.
Yes, it recognized scsi0 and scsi1, but no RAID.
We tried booting from rescuecd. Something was wrong, and we got crc er-
ror. Ok, so it is unusable. Maybe we shall make floppies? root, rescue.
Go. Ooops, no megaraid support in kernel. Let's grep config... aha! Mo-
dule!. But we ran out of good floopies too. Too bad.
Ok, we shall boot from the cd, and use our two floppies to give him mo-
dules. Simple? No. PowerEdge's BIOS has messed something up (during boot
it says that since we want to boot from CD, it makes it A: floppy, and
B: is the old drive), and in conclusion, both /dev/fd0 and /dev/fd1 are
unreadable. Invalid argument, kernel said. Well.
Finally, we created a ramdisc, untarred the modules there, and modpro-
bed. Cool. Instalator is aware of /dev/sda. Great! So, let's make sure
it creates initrd with megaraid, in order to boot properly.
Again, ramdisc, untar, make proper initrd by hand. Load. Run lilo.
Now it boots.
Question: why on earth there are no untarred modules on the CD? It is a
*compact disc*, big load of free space, why there's only .bin and .tgz?
It would save me some work then.
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