Re: Debian network installation on IBM RS/6000 44P-170 (POWER3) - HOWTO
On Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 04:31:47PM -0500, Rolf Brudeseth wrote:
> I would have saved a few key strokes during the install if I had modified
> the config file to enable serial port console.
> It appears that it is enabled in the config file:
> # Character devices
> However, I must have missed something because it was definitely not
Have you used the PPC kernel patch? There is an added functionality
that allows setting command-line arguments to the kernel, inluding
"root=/dev/sda3 console=ttyS0,9600" (which I've found necessary installing on a 43P 140 using the serial console).
> Second, while booting the zImage.initrd image, the target system would
> always hang before loading the whole file. It turns out one has to issue
> the following command on the server:
> $ arp -s target_ip target_hw_addr
> I do not fully understand why; however, it is all documented here:
Yes, ran into that when I was testing the Sun tftp images for Potato.
> This is where you normally would select the following option in the
> - Install Kernel and Driver Modules
> However, since I know that the FTP/HTTP method will fail, I am going to the
> shell instead.
> In boot-floppies, I select:
> - Execute a Shell
I'm curious. Why/how does the FTP/HTTP method fail? I've used it
repeatedly installing on my 43P 140.
> Install Base
> While still at the shell in the '/target' directory issue:
> # wget
Again, I use the boot-floppies FTP/HTTP method without any problems at
all. Is this CHRP specific?
> In boot-floppies, select the following option:
> - Install the Base System
> I would have chosen: 'network: HTTP or FTP over the network'
> However, since this feature also is broken, I chose: 'mounted: already
> mounted filesystem'
You know :)
> Make System Bootable
> The following option in boot-floppies does not work:
> - Make System Bootable
> However, if I go to the shell and execute any of the following commands I
> am still not able to make the system bootable:
> # yabootconfig - with various parameters I know should work
> # ybin - with various parameters I know should work
> # dd if=/target/usr/lib/yaboot/yaboot of=/dev/sda1
> It appears that 'yaboot' on the initrd image is broken. What options do I
> have left?
Ok, is it actually necessary to "Make System Bootable" at this point?
System Management Services (the firmware) handles the boot-sequence on
this platform. All it requires is that the boot-device be in the
bootlist, and that there is a Type 41 partition on the boot-device. The
firmware will attempt to load whatever it finds on that partition. Ah,
I think I see... I download the kernel image as you did, but then 'dd
if=/target/boot/vmlinux of=/dev/sda1'. AFAICT, yaboot is totally
unnecessary on IBM RISC systems, the firmware handles everything.
> BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN ENTERING VALUES LIKE ROOT PASSWORD!
> The reason for this is that the screen emulation is not working correctly
> with these menus (at least not for me and my vt102 terminal). Make sure to
> press the backspace/delete button a few times in each field. Otherwise, you
> will get to the login prompt but not be able to log in, because the root
> password will not be what you typed in.
Haven't seen this, but I'm using a serial-to-serial connection with
another computer and a terminal-emulator.
Thank you very much for this, and I'd love to see it at a URL and