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Re: Creating a Debian rootfs for a keyboardless PDA

On Fri, 21 Aug 2009 19:58:37 +0200
Laurens Van Houtven <lvh@laurensvh.be> wrote:

> Anyway, I tried installing Grip using debootstrap (as described on
> http://www.emdebian.org/grip/ under Cross debootstrap) with the
> following command:
> sudo debootstrap --arch=armel --foreign --include=python2.5 lenny
> grip/ http://www.emdebian.org/grip/

python2.5 could be fun - I've had a few problems with python on Grip
but I'm no python expert and I haven't been able to work out what is
wrong yet. It might only be the audio python packages though.

> This appeared to work, but when booting, I get the following messages
> (apparently the debootstrapped version does not come with an inittab):
> INIT: version 2.86 booting
> INIT: No inittab file found
> INIT: Entering runlevel: 4
> INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel

You haven't got a customised /etc/inittab and there are probably a
whole host of other changes you'd need to make a specialised device
like this to actually boot - the standard Debian setup won't work.

There are some examples in the balloon3-config package - don't install
it but take a quick look at the source, it's in the Grip repository.

> I'm guessing I need to create my own inittab, but I'd rather check
> with you people first to make sure I'm not missing any vital
> documentation that I should be reading, since the page doesn't mention
> anything about inittab :-)

You were right first time.

Problem is, you need to work out the changes yourself - most are


Neil Williams

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