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Re: yabootconfig fails on B&W G3

On Tue, Jul 09, 2002 at 04:31:05PM -0500, Kent West wrote:
> I've been fighting to get Debian installed on a Blue & White G3 for 
> several days, and after finally brute-forcing my way through the 
> OpenFirmware prompt ("boot hd:x,yaboot" didn't work -- had to resort to 
> "boot ide0/@0:x") have made it through the installation.
> However, at the "Make system bootable" stage, yabootconfig fails. So I 
> popped into the second VT and ran "yabootconfig" manually. It failed 
> also, reporting that it "Could not determine root partition, aborting".

How did it fail?
> I looked for /etc/yaboot.conf, and the file does not exist.

Because in the installer environment, it's at /target/etc/yaboot.conf

> My partition scheme looks like (using /dev/hde):

Hmmm, maybe that's why hd: wouldn't work; hd: probably maps to /dev/hda
not /dev/hde

> /dev/hde1 
> Apple_partition_map 
> Apple 
> /dev/hde2 
> Apple_Driver_ATA 
> Macintosh
> /dev/hde3 
> Apple_Driver_ATA 
> Macintosh
> /dev/hde4 
> Apple_Driver_IOKit 
> Macintosh
> /dev/hde5	Apple_Patches		Patch Partition
> /dev/hde6	Apple_Bootstrap		bootstrap
> /dev/hde7 
> Apple_UNIX_SVR2 
> 	/ 
> 	75MB
> /dev/hde8 
> Apple_UNIX_SVR2 
> 	/tmp		25MB
> /dev/hde9 
> Apple_UNIX_SVR2 
> 	/usr		1400MB
> /dev/hde10 
> Apple_UNIX_SVR2 
> 	/var		250MB
> /dev/hde11 
> Apple_UNIX_SVR2 
> 	/home		165MB
> /dev/hde12 
> Apple_UNIX_SVR2 
> 	swap		132MB
> /dev/hde13 
> Apple_HFS 
> 	untitled 1	100MB
> /dev/hde14 
> Apple_HFS 
> 	untitled 2	3.9G
> /dev/hde15 
> Apple_Free 
> 	Extra		5MB
> Any ideas?
> Thanks!

It's probably failing for the same reason your boot attempts failed. 
Notice the ide0: below, is probably hd: in your config.

Out of curiosity, what else is on your ide controller (hda through
hdd)? Could you post the interesting parts of both devalias and 

dev / ls 

executed in OF (spaces are significant)?

Your /target/etc/yaboot.conf should have something like



# Don't forget to run ybin!

The last line is a comment I put in my yaboot.conf to remind myself. And 
that's the next step, within the installer environment use

chroot /target ybin -v

Remember, if you haven't installed OSX yet (I'm assuming that's what
that free space is for), then you will have to boot back into the
installer and run ybin again in order to fix up its mess after it
finishes its install.

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