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Debian on a Sparcstation 2

An old Sparcstation 2 has been running Woody since
it was installed ca. 2002 by diskette -> network.
Recently I've added an external 18 GB drive and
am interested to install a newer Debian to it.  Can
anyone comment _pro_ or _con_ about installing etch
or lenny or squeeze on a Sparc 2?

Efforts described below have failed.  If a system
upgrade is warranted, can anyone suggest how to
accomplish it.

Thanks,             ... p. crawford

Notes on extant efforts.
(1) debootstrap
With the drive connected to an i386 Debian,
dbootstrap should be able to cross-install for Sparc.
Nevertheless the i386 Squeeze fdisk complains about
partitions created by Sparc Woody fdisk and _vice versa_.

An untested method is to install debootstrap from
an archive into the old Woody system and to attempt
to install Sarge or Etch with it.

(2) CD installer
wodim was never installed in this Woody.  I made
a CD with i386 Lenny.
wodim -v -speed=0 dev=/dev/hdc debian-501-sparc-netinst.iso

dmesg on the Sparc reports,

  Vendor: YAMAHA    Model: CRW4260           Rev: 1.0h
  Type:   CD-ROM                             ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Detected scsi CD-ROM sr0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 6, lun 0
scsi : detected 1 SCSI cdrom 2 SCSI disks total.
sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 6x/6x writer cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray

... but the disk is never mounted.

sr0: CDROM not ready.  Make sure there is a disc in the drive.
cdrom: open failed.
Device not ready.  Make sure there is a disc in the drive.
VFS: Disk change detected on device sr(11,0)

(3) Diskette -> netinstall
Worked for Woody but diskette images for Etch & etc. are
not visible.

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