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RE: Netra X1 install problem/oddity

Title: Re: Netra X1 install problem/oddity
Thanks for the follow up.  I also tried this approach.  I downloaded the fdisk.deb package using wget by dropping to the shell and it fails to see any partition either.  I might try to pull one of the dirves, see if I can fdisk it on another system, then drop it back in and see if that works for me.

From: Martin Habets on behalf of Martin Habets
Sent: Sun 6/1/2008 7:30 AM
To: Gary W. Smith
Cc: debian-sparc@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Netra X1 install problem/oddity

I remember seeing something like this as well. Seems like a bug in partman.
The only way I got around it is to partition the disk using fdisk.
Getting fdisk on the machine was the tricky part, it was not on my installation
media. I put the executable on another server, and copied that over from
the install shell.

30 years from now GNU/Linux will be as redundant a term as MERT/UNIX is
today. - Martin Habets

On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 04:27:57PM -0700, Gary W. Smith wrote:
> Hello,
> I've been working to get Debian current installed on a Netra X1 from a
> netboot over LOM.  I first encountered the problem with the tulip driver
> (requiring me to shell out, unload dmfe/tulip and then load tulip).  As
> is well on the network front.  The problem is after it downloads all of
> the install from ftp, it comes up and states that it cannot find any
> disks and asks me to load a driver. 
> So I shell again and I can see /dev/hda in /proc/partitions (20gb).  I
> run partman from the shell and it sees no drives.  Thinking that it's
> because of the former Sun partition, I dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/had bs=1M
> count=1 to clear any partitions.  I then run partman and it now sees a
> 1MB disk drive.
> Any ideas on why this might be happening and how I can work around it.
> I have several of these machines that I'd like to build out in the next
> couple days for a project, but they just aren't cooperating. 
> Gary

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