I finally had a chance to retry installing Debian on my G4 (my
previous attempt was detailed in this message
I used the net-install method described by Branden Robinson
I used the latest Woody installer from the official mirrors. I
finally figured out, after a couple of tries, that if I pare back to
just official Apple hardware I can get the base-install process to
Unfortunately, my system is less than functional. The first hints
were after running tasksel, and during the process of installing the
complete system. Some packages were did not install correctly. I
tried again, and got the same message, which told me that I would
have to fix the problems manually if I continued. Since it didn't
look as if I would get very far if I tried again, I continued :)
The post-install completed, and I rebooted the system again to start
working with it. But nothing besides the very basic utilities
actually works. Many apps are segfaulting, and I am unable to install
any software using apt-get.
Searching the archives, I found this message from December
which sounds a lot like what I'm experiencing.
If necessary, I am happy to track down the actual error messages. I'm
just wondering if this might be a known problem, with a known
So close, yet so far :)
The foot can split wood, but it can't split a watermelon.