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Re: no init found (IP27)

Thank you very much. Since the only reason I will continue with sgi hardware are the disks, is there a way to convert sgi's disk connector to a normal scsi one plus power suply ? It is probably question for quite different list, but if it is not possible, it will be thrown from the very high rock in my case :-)

Thanks again,


On Mon, 4 Jul 2005, Thiemo Seufer wrote:

David Komanek wrote:

Hi all,

I am trying to replace IRIX with Debian on my IP27 machine. I have
downloaded debian-31r0a-mips-netinst.iso, burned a CD on CD-RW which seems
this media type is not supported on my platform. So I downloaded the files
to my IRIX machine to a free xfs partition. Now, using the guide from
http://caradhras.ccslab.aueb.gr/index.html I am able to boot a kernel
image (which can be also downloaded from there). It recognizes all disks,
network card etc. but the kernel panices with

"No init found"

messsage. init=/bin/sh or init=/bin/bash passed as a kernel load parameter
does not work to.

Is there any chance to load the debian installer without the need of tftp

Not yet, for several reasons:

a) There is currently no disk bootloader in Debian which works for ip27.
b) SCSI disk access was only fixed a few days ago upstream. The old patch
  won't give reliable operation.
c) A dirty hack for PCI detection is still needed, that's part of the
  mentioned patch.
d) No debian kernel for ip27 is available yet, an experimental version
  is occasionally updated at http://people.debian.org/~ths/mips-kernels/,
  the current version is broken for ip27. I hope to update to 2.6.12 the
  next days.
e) Due to those preliminaries, no serious effort was made to support ip27
  in debian-installer.

That said, I have CVS HEAD from linux-mips.org running on ip27 with a
small patch, and the debian userland runs fine on the tftpbooted kernel.


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