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Re: Problem on Instalation of Debian Lenny

I am trying to install kernel 2.6 version from yesterday none of the mirrors are working

Can someone help me on same?


On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 3:30 PM, Frans Pop <elendil@planet.nl> wrote:
fgi@br.ibm.com wrote:
> Well, I trying install Debian Lenny on System z on z/VM.
> The first attempt was: I downloaded the essentials files from the
> official mirror ftp server (
> ) but, the message "[17179570.468526] Kernel panic - not syncing:
> Attempted to kill init!" was displayed and the installation stop. (the
> file is attached)

I can confirm this. If I install the Lenny kernel on an already installed
Hercules system (running unstable) I also get the panic, so it clearly is
a kernel issue, not an installer issue.

There has been one s390 specific patch included in the latest kernel:
* [s390] Fix __div64_31 for CONFIG_MARCH_G5 (Closes: #511334)
but that patch was very well tested, including on my Hercules system, so I
would be surprised if that was the cause.

But it will definitely need to be investigated, but this will take time.
I'll see what I can do myself. I'll start with filing a bug report against
the kernel for this issue.

> Very well..
> The next attempt was: I downloaded the essentials files from other
> release of lenny (the first release announced in 01/23/2009) (
> ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/lenny/main/installer-s390/20090123+b1/images/generic/
> ) and the basic modules not found (the message bellow is displayed)

That is expected. The kernel version used in that image is no longer
available on the mirrors which means that the installer is unable to load
the additional installer kernel modules it needs.

> I have installed the Debian Etch a while ago, but today this version is
> not supported in mirrors, I did not find any mirror what work fine with
> this version.

Etch should still work. But I've just tried it and unfortunately there's a
problem there as well.

In the syslog I get the following:
Jul  9 09:33:42 main-menu[656]: INFO: Menu item 'choose-mirror' selected
Jul  9 09:33:47 choose-mirror[808]: DEBUG: command: wget -q
   http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian//dists/oldstable/Release -O - | grep ^Suite: | cut -d' ' -f 2
Jul  9 09:33:47 choose-mirror[808]: DEBUG: command: wget -q
   http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian//dists/oldstable/Release -O - | grep ^Codename: | cut -d' ' -f 2
Jul  9 09:33:47 choose-mirror[808]: INFO: codename set to: etch
Jul  9 09:33:47 choose-mirror[808]: DEBUG: command: wget -q
   http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian//dists/oldstable/main/binary-s390/Release -O - | grep Architecture
Jul  9 09:33:48 anna-install: Queueing udeb etch-support for later installation
Jul  9 09:33:48 main-menu[656]: DEBUG: resolver (libc6): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Jul  9 09:33:48 main-menu[656]: INFO: Menu item 'download-installer' selected
Jul  9 09:33:49 net-retriever: gpgv: WARNING: multiple signatures detected.  Only the first will be checked.
Jul  9 09:33:50 net-retriever: gpgv: Signature made Sat May 23 17:28:27 2009 UTC using RSA key ID 55BE302B
Jul  9 09:33:50 net-retriever: gpgv: Can't check signature: public key not found
Jul  9 09:33:50 net-retriever: error: Bad signature on /tmp/net-retriever-858-Release.

You can work around this (and one other known issue) by adding the
following two boot parameters [1]:
  suite=etch debian-installer/allow_unauthenticated=true

With that I could successfully install Etch. You could then upgrade to
Lenny, but obviously you'll have to be careful what kernel you install.

I'll file a bug report against the installer for the bad signature problem
so Etch installs can be fixed.


[1] I added them in the parmfile.debian.

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