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Re: Can't start installation via yaboot at OpenFirmware prompt

On Mon, Jul 08, 2002 at 05:44:17PM -0500, Kent West wrote:
> Josh Huber wrote:
> <snip re: explanation of partitioning on Mac>
> >
> >I hope that helps...
> >
> Yes, it does. Thanks! It doesn't solve my problem, but it helps me to 
> understand what's going on.
> I just wiped all the partitions (first with Disk Setup, then with pdisk) 
> except the first 6 or so (the partition map, the Appleboot partition, 
> the disk drivers) and then created a large 5g Linux partition, and the 
> rest an Apple_HFS partition. I then tried copying the files to the new 
> Mac disk within OS 9, then rebooted into OpenFirmware (version 3.1.1), 
> and still am seeing the same results:
> I type "boot hd:8,yaboot", and it replies "can't OPEN: hd:7,yaboot" (or 
> something similar -- I'm doing this from memory at the moment).
> It feels like OpenFirmware just can't open that partition (or any 
> partition for that matter). Is there some sort of test to isolate the 
> problem to either the Linux files or to OpenFirmware/the Mac?

It's looking like pdisk is not a very swift tool for creating Mac
partitions.  I'm thinking I need to revise those instructions! Try
doing it the way we say in the installation manual instead, that is,
use Drive Setup from the Mac CD to completely re-do your disk from the
ground up (unfortuanately it doesn't allow you to work with individual
partitions, it will only work on the whole disk). Make one partition
each for Linux, Shared HFS, Mac OS9, and OSX in that order.

Then install OS9 and OSX on those partitions. There is some HOWTO on 
installing OSX, I think it takes the partition you save for it and 
splits it into several.

When you have finished installing OS9, it should show the shared 
partition on the desktop, put the 4 files on there.

Finally, go back to Open Firmware and try booting yaboot. In other
words, avoid pdisk altogether.

I'm thinking pdisk has screwed up the partitions so well that
OpenFirmware can't read off of them now.

This is a lot of work, I know, are you still with us?

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