Re: My Debian Woody installation won't boot
This will be done for you by the installer, if you go through those steps when
you start up.
mount root partition
mount usr partition
-- at this point it will recognize that you already have a base
installation and will move you to Make System Bootable from Hard disk.
Go ahead and try the make System Bootable command, that should insure
that /target/etc/yaboot.conf will be created. Then you can switch to
console 2 and try the cp and mkofboot -v to see what messages it might
the results of typing "mkoofboot -v" are:-
mkofboot: Creating HFS filesystem on /dev/hda2
mkofboot: Installing first stage bootstrap /usr/lib/yaboot/ofboot
mkofboot: Installing primary bootstrap /usr/lib/yaboot onto /dev/hda2
mkofboot: Installing /etc/yaboot.conf onto /dev/hda2
mkofboot: setting attributes on ofboot
mkofboot: setting attributes on yaboot.conf
mkofboot: Blessing /dev/hda2 with Holy Penguin Pee
mkofboot: updating OpenFirmware boot-device variable in nvram
mkofboot: Installation complete
The files on /dev/hda2 are the same six as before, this time with the
date stamp of Aug 24 19:45, so we know they are new.
The newly created yaboot.conf file is exactly the same as before.
I allowed the system to reboot and got the usual blank screen.
And as usual I had to use the Mac OS CD to get the system up and running.
I have the feeling that Debian is doing its' best to get itself up
and running but OpenFirmware won't let it.
I never even knew Open Firmware existed before I started considering
Open Source software.
I have found two peculiarities about my system.
1) the "dir" command won't work in my Open Firmware
2) the "\" key won't work in my Open Firmware
(it is more precise to say it is "unavailable" - I tried many keys
and combinations to find out where it might be hidden)
Apple TN2001 gives an example of :-
0 > dir hd:\
And I can't even type it in!
dir on it's own throws an error.
dir hd: throws the same error.
My Apple iMacOpen Firmware is 3.0.f2 built on 04/23/99 at 14:31:03
Any ideas on the best thing to do now?
DT - half irritated and half refusing to be beaten!