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Re: Status of Debian on the PowerMacs?

On Sat, Aug 22, 1998 at 09:09:58PM -0500, Rob Browning wrote:
> Dan Jacobowitz <drow@false.org> writes:
> > The easiest way will be if he has a free partition.  Untar the base
> > tarball which is probably lying in incoming somewhere onto that
> > partition, set it as root (Use nvsetenv boot-file 'whereverkernelis
> > root=/dev/sdxx').  Then mount the partition with the .debs, or fetch
> > them by hand - is ftp in the tarball?  Should be fairly clean.  Kinda.
> I tried this and *almost* got it to work.  I took the drive that had
> RedHat and I killed its swap partition (about 127MB).  I untarred the
> base-powerpc.tar.gz to that partition and played with the boot junk
> until I finally got it so that it would boot the Debian partition.
> (It took me quite a while to realize that you didn't have to re-run
> quik after modifying /etc/quik.conf, and that if you did, you usually
> left the system unbootable.  This meant rebooting to MacOS and
> re-running quik to fix it.)


> Anyway, it gets to the VFS mount stage, output stops, the drive grinds
> for a little while, a couple of "route forgot to specify netmask"
> messages pop up, and then it hangs.  Though it works fine with the
> RedHat partition.
> I was wondering if the Debian stuff might be redirecting output to the
> serial port at that point.  If so, then how do I undo it?
> Alternately, do you know offhand what the serial port params are?  I
> tried using a Mac modem cable connected to a PC via a null-modem
> adapter, but didn't see anything.

Odder.  There was nothing to see; it should not be using serial console
for any reason.


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