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RE: Sibyl Boot Loader

I tried the command without the specific partition number specified, and
installboot indicates that the loader is successfully written to the
compactflash device.  I recompiled the loader and added debug statements.
After writing the loader to the compactflash, startup is still successful
but the debug statements do not appear.  I suspect that the new loader is
not being written to the compactflash device by the installboot command.

-----Original Message-----
From: Martin Michlmayr [mailto:tbm@cyrius.com] 
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 4:41 PM
To: Gary Smith
Cc: debian-mips@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Sibyl Boot Loader

* Gary Smith <gary.smith@3phoenix.com> [2006-11-27 16:26]:
> bcm91250a:/usr/sbin# /usr/sbin/installboot -v /usr/lib/sibyl/sibyl.bin

My understanding is that you need /dev/hdb rather than /dev/hdb1.
sibyl will then be written directly to the beginning of the disk,
where it needs to be located.  The hdb1 partition only exists because
the sibyl binary is larger than the master boot record and so we're
creating a bogus partition at the beginning of which parts will be
used by sibyl.  Alternatively, you could create a root partition that
will not skip at the first sector, but there's currently no way to do
this in the installer, so we're using the bogus DOS partition.

Can you try
  /usr/sbin/installboot -v /usr/lib/sibyl/sibyl.bin /dev/hdb
and let me know whether the system boots?
Martin Michlmayr

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