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Re: problem booting Debian on X1

I forget the details of SILO, but the first stage (512-byte program) simply loads stage 2, which is just the program 'silo' itself, I thought. That probably doesn't change much version-to-version. [Others: please correct me if I am mistaken!] In that case, perhaps you could backup the old `silo` binary and replace it with the newest one? I would think that if you had a USB port you could do this pretty easily using a flash drive (perhaps PCI USB card + flash drive, like I had in my Ultra 10), but if not, you might be able to utilize tftp and pull it from a server using BusyBox.


On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM, Jeremy Kister <debian-sparc@jeremykister.com> wrote:
On 6/27/2014 10:50 PM, Jeremy Kister wrote:
Recently, we rebooted the server (was healthy afaict) and it won't come
back.  When it tries to boot, it prints "SI" (where it would normally
say SILO and continue booting) and then just gets stuck.

I've got another two systems (Sparc/X1) that are exhibiting the same behavior.  After about 10 or so minutes of waiting near "SI" the console prints "Program Terminated"

I have configured a netboot server and when using 'boot net' at the ok prompt, it starts the install process.  If I break out of the install process and try 'Install the SILO boot loader on a hard disk', the partitioner starts up and I get scared to go anywhere (I dont want to lose any data here!)

Since I don't really know what else to do, I want to reinstall SILO. Can someone point me how to do that from a network boot shell?  BusyBox ash loads, but I have no idea how I can use to to reinstall SILO.

.. Or, if anyone has other ideas, i'm desperate.



Jeremy Kister

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