Re: Has anyone ever got Debian to install on an SGI Altix?
On Wed, 2005-08-31 at 09:14 -0500, Greg Edwards wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 29, 2005 at 07:04:54PM -0600, dann frazier wrote:
> | On Fri, 2005-08-26 at 16:55 +0100, Tim Cutts wrote:
> | > I've been looking into trying to install Debian on an SGI Altix (in
> | > this case, a really baby Altix - one of the new Altix 330 machines).
> | >
> | > I realise this is probably a forlorn hope, but we'd like to see just
> | > how difficult it is. With most of the SGI-specific stuff now in the
> | > upstream kernel sources, it seems not beyond the realms of possibility.
> | Actually I tried to get this working on an Altix by ending debug d-i
> | drops to Jesse Barnes a while back. I determined that reading/writing
> | from /dev/console started to silently fail once busybox init started -
> | anytime before it worked fine. The standard debian kernel seemed to
> | work in his Fedora userspace, it was seemingly just a d-i issue.
> | Unfortunately, the debug cycle was too high latency so I never finished
> | it.
> This may still be happening. About a month ago, I tried booting one of
> the daily builds on an Altix:
> and it failed about there. I didn't have time to debug it at the time,
> so I just did a minimal install on an HP box, then rsynced the root
> over. Interestingly enough, altix works fine with the standard 2.6.12
> debian kernel.
The dailies should be using 2.6.12 now, so can you give it another try
(unless the previous version you used was already 2.6.12 - then I expect
to see no difference).
> | Its good to hear that d-i can work with the right kernel. I'd love to
> | know when standard Debian kernels aren't working, especially if someone
> | can tell me what's wrong (or give me access to a box remotely to fix
> | it).
> I'll try to dig into this today and see if I can isolate what's going
Great, thanks. I've been given access to an Altix box as well (thanks
Ian), so I might be able to help.
> | Once Altix was known to work, my plan is to add an option to the elilo
> | graphical menu for an Altix console that will automatically append the
> | proper console option.
> Another thing that would be really helpful is to turn on the
> "relocatable" option by default in the installer elilo.conf (and the
> system copy once in place). Altix requires elilo to use
> relocatable support.
I see you filed a bug (#324067) for this - cool. I'd suggest adding a
code snippet/hint that will allow elilo to determine that it should use
relocatable on this system. For instance - how do RH/SuSE make this
determination? (This is what Bdale asked last time we brought it up -
however, elilo was frozen for sarge and we never did get the install
kernel working, so there wasn't much interest in following up).