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Re: Installing Debian on an iMac G5 - stable and testing d-i fail


Well, I downloaded http://people.debian.org/~luther/d-i/images/daily/powerpc64/netboot64/ and put it in an tftp server and set up dhcp.

After a while I figured out that I needed to do: boot enet:a.b.c.d,yaboot (and not simply boot enet:0 that does not work).

Yaboot started alright, but the kernel loading failed. The problem? The buffer size that yaboot uses for tftp downloading is only 4M. So, I downloaded the source package yaboot, changed the parameter and compiled it again, and then ... it booted! Thanks Sven!

I left the machine running, at the downloading packages stage, but it got stuck at 69%. I don't know why. I will try the whole process again tonight (the machine is somewhere else), but so far it looks good!


On Sat, Sep 03, 2005 at 04:09:55PM -0300, Eduardo Trápani wrote:

Can you try booting the daily builds ? These are at :

or :


Get the initrd.gz and vmlinux on a cd or tftp boot server, write the adequate
yaboot.conf, and try them out.

So, I download both files, put them in the install/power4 directory of the cd image I already have and then I create a bootable CD. Is that right? I don't know how to create a bootable CD, I hope I find a howto on that for powerpc.

You need yaboot and a suitable yaboot.conf too, i guess.

Look at debian-cd source code for the suitable mkisofs flags.


Sven Luther

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