Re: PPC Potato install from hell...
I used the latest from
as of 3/17/00 around 10pm PDT. They are dated 3/8. I may have tried the
same tree from ftp.us.debian.org too (one of the IPs)... don't remember.
Daniel Jacobowitz wrote:
> And what are you using for install disks? The ones in the archive as
> of a few days ago should work far better than this, and have in fact
> been reported to.
> On Sat, Mar 18, 2000 at 07:54:24AM -0800, Brian Macy wrote:
> > Little note on hardware... I actually wrote this to some friends at 2am
> > last night...
> > - StarMax 4000
> > - Using IDE drives
> > - PS/2 keyboard/mouse (but I tried the ADB stuff when the keymapping
> > hosed)
> > - Had LinuxPPC 1999 installed before
> > - Using BootX
> > - Used one of my compiled kernels a few times when I needed to get it
> > Now that makes me want to go out and kill things. Debian PPC is in Sid
> > still for a *very* good reason... it is nearly impossible to install. In
> > fact there is *no* way to install it with the install images
> > available... I guess I shouldn't say no way because after 7 hours of
> > hacking I managed to get a working install.
> > - the rescue disk image is either corrupted or just don't work... linux
> > doesn't think there is a valid FS on it (downloaded it twice just to be
> > sure)
> > - the install program is broke. It's setup to look for the powermac
> > stuff in a "Power" directory when it is supposed to be a "powermac"
> > directory. I couldn't get the install to swallow grabbing the stuff
> > normally on the rescue disk from a modified http source. I had to burn
> > the tree it wanted on CD to get it to swallow it.
> > - the install program has some "issues" with figuring out whether or not
> > a CD is mounted already... behaves really nasty when it gets screwed up
> > (bumps you back to one of several different screens which seems at
> > random)
> > - the install program is looking for keymap's named *.bmp.gz, the file
> > has them called *.bmap.gz, and I think in reality they are supposed to
> > be *.kmap.gz... doesn't really matter since it is grabbing the i386
> > keymap which makes the machine unusable if you ever get the thing booted
> > off the hard drive (fortunately single user mode is your friend...
> > deleting the /root/dbbootstrap_settings and
> > /etc/console-tools/default.kmap.gz files takes care of it)
> > - the install OS kernel and modules is bogus too... fortunately you can
> > get enough stuff without modules to get the machine seeing the net
> > Fortunately it is now installed and behaving happily... hopefully this
> > torture will pay for itself in the long run with upgrades being trivial.
> > I'm frightened to think what installing Debian on an Alpha is going to
> > be like. Makes the Debian i386 installs feel like a nice back massage :)
> > Brian Macy
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