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Re: Bug#469030: debian ppc64 not booting after install

I installed debian 40r3 on a IBM Power 620 (7025-f0) from CD (debian-40r3-powerpc-netinst.iso). The install was successful, but the system did not boot from the scsi disc, with the output shown below.

Boot messages:

Welcome to yaboot version 1.3.13
Enter "help" to get some basic usage information
Linux                      old
boot: Linux
Please wait, loading kernel...
 Elf32 kernel loaded...
Loading ramdisk...
ramdisk loaded at 02200000, size: 5264 Kbytes
OF stdout device is: /pci@fff7f09000/isa@10/serial@i3f8
command line: root=/dev/sda4 ro console=ttyS0
memory layout at init:
alloc_bottom : 02724000
alloc_top    : 00000000
alloc_top_hi : 00000000
rmo_top      : 00000000
ram_top      : 00000000
Looking for displays
alloc_down() called with mem not initialized
EXIT called ok
0 >

I booted with the rescue option 'rescue64 conlose=ttyS0), booting into a chroot of the installed environment.
Frans Pop suggested rebuilding the rebuild the initrd (using update-initramfs -u), but that did not work.  He also suggested looking at what kernel was installed.  Here is what I see when I look in the boot directory:

sh-3.1# ls -la /boot
total 10550
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root    1024 Mar  6 15:27 .
drwxr-xr-x 22 root root    4096 Mar  2 17:47 ..
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  745419 Feb 12 05:05 System.map-2.6.18-6-powerpc-smp
-rw-r--r--  1 root root   57120 Feb 11 11:14 config-2.6.18-6-powerpc-smp
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 31 Mar 2 17:48 initrd.img -> initrd.img-2.6.18-6-powerpc-smp
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 5384155 Mar  6 15:27 initrd.img-2.6.18-6-powerpc-smp
drwx------  2 root root   12288 Mar  2 17:42 lost+found
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 28 Mar 2 17:48 vmlinux -> vmlinux-2.6.18-6-powerpc-smp
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 4551303 Feb 12 05:04 vmlinux-2.6.18-6-powerpc-smp

Should the kernel not have a 64 somewhere in the name.

Steve Luther suggested looking at '/proc/cmdline' to see which console the system has. I was using 'conlose=ttyS0'. In the rescue system the whole /proc is empty. This seems very odd, am I doing something wrong here?

Can you please suggest how I can get the booting to work.

What I have found is that the SMS menu does not list a disk if partitioned with the normal debian install tool, even with a prep partition in the beginning. I tried openSuse, and it seems to do the petitioning correctly.

Any suggestions welcome, and thanks for those who have already given me some pointers.

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