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Re: need bootable Sparc CD

I have just tried your potato-install.iso, and keyboard selection
did not work since /tmp is read-only. One might add 

mkfs /dev/ram0 1024
mount /dev/ram0 /tmp

to fix that.


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From: Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org>
Subject: Re: need bootable Sparc CD
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 00:55:24 -0500

> On Thu, Mar 30, 2000 at 11:36:38PM -0600, Phil Howard wrote:
> > I would like to get a full CD of the latest (2.1r5) version of Debian
> > for Sparc.  Of the various vendors of Debian CDs out there, they all
> > fall under 1 of 4 categories: 1: dead or unreachable, 2: too lame to
> > navigate, 3: are unclear about what the CD is (no version information),
> > 4: don't offer 2.1r5.
> 2.1r5 is too new to find any CD vendors with it (most still have r4 I'm
> sure)
> > Maybe someone can make a custom CD?
> I might be able to. No guarantees, but let me see.
> > It has been suggested to me that I just install an earlier verion and
> > run apt to upgrade.  However, it has been my experience that upgrading
> > which involves replacing an older version with a newer version can
> > (this means does not always, but in some cases has been known to) cause
> > problems itself.  I've personally experienced this on way too many
> > different systems to be ready to accept an advocate telling me that
> > Debian would be an exception.  I'm willing to be open minded to that
> > idea AS I LEARN DEBIAN ... but for my first install, I want to do it
> > all in one pass first, and come back and play around with it later.
> Well, you asked for it :) Debian is *the* exception. We do not release a
> whole new dist (and I mean major upgrades like 2.1 to 2.2) that cannot do
> seemless upgrades. It's what we pride ourselves on. So 2.1r4 to 2.1r5 is a
> cake walk (there are only ~15 packages that changed from r4 to r5, IIRC).
> Believe me, it is nothing to upgrade a Debian system using apt-get.
> > While exploring some areas on the web site some people have suggested,
> > one possible approach has come to mind.  A network install would have
> > 3 basic steps: 1: get the kernel booted, 2: install the base system,
> > 3: boot the base system and run apt against an HTTP collection of the
> > rest of the files to build the full system.  The web site listed a
> > number of different ways to do this, but as it turns out, my situation
> > prevents me from doing steps 1 and 2 in a viable way.  Thus I have
> > this suggestion, and I bring it up because it seems so obvious to me
> > that maybe someone has actually done this already and might have such
> > a thing available.
> > 
> > The suggestion is, a mini-ISO, burnable into a bootable CD, that does
> > the installation of ONLY the base system.  Then from that base system
> > the installation can continue via the network.
> > 
> > I would need a Sparc version of this, if anyone has ever put such a
> > thing together.  How big would a base-only mini-ISO CD be, anyway?
> > I would think it could be squeezed to under 40 meg.
> Wow, you just caught me right before posting this info to the list. I have
> a 63 meg bootable ISO image for sparc. However it is potato (2.2
> upcoming). IMHO, it is actually much more stable than 2.1rX (for sparc that
> is). You should really consider this your best option:
> ftp://marcus.debian.net/pub/debian/disks-sparc/
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