Re: Network install on 712/80
> I just installed Woody on a HP 712/80.
> I noticed a few things:
> - PALO needs a f0 type partition to boot from. The note does not reccomend a
> size for this partition. I use 80Mb thinking it would be like /boot on my
> other machines, but it does not seem to be used at all so I imagine I
> could have used a lot less.
> - NFS root installs are not easy. The diskless-createbasetgz tool is useful
> but rather primitive. I might write a more convenient tool for the job if
> I get round to it.
> - Serious lack of reliable documentation on HP systems. This is a more
> general problem. I'm going to write a mini HOWTO to install Debian on
> this type of machine to document the stupid stuff I did.
> Otherwise, very nice indeed! Well done to the port team!
Yes, agreed, great job! :)
It would be nice to see:
- Which machines have LASI,WAX,Elroy etc...
= Hopefully in a summarized list
= (not http://hwdb.parisc-linux.org/)
= Maybe I'll get around to this later :)
- Boot the lifimage not the kernel! ;)
- Old machines use rboot, new ones use bootp.
My NFS Install general steps were:
1- debootstrap to create initial root (full system)
2- boot system diskless
= modify kernel to use NFSROOT=x.x.x.x with no directory
= Which defaults to /tftpboot/IP_OF_SYSTEM I believe.
3- apt-get install any extra's and configure system.
4- shut system down, modify kernel to use NFSROOT=x.x.x.x/nfsrootdir
= Boots system using readonly nfsroot.
5- tar the nfsroot and place copy inside nfsroot
6- boot system diskless,
untar fs, done (scriptable)
Note: When doing multi machine installs, you only need
need to repeat step 6 for each install :)
I installed an entire 50+ 715/50 cluster in less
than 20 minutes using this method.
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