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Re: Fwd: Re: Latest Debian SPARC64 ISO Image

On 09/06/2017 12:36 PM, Fedor Konstantinov wrote:

there's no "Install SILO boot loader" option in the installer menu in the latest (06.09.2017) debian-9.0-sparc64-NETINST-1.iso image. Despite of that SILO is installed.


I can confirm this. But at least the boot loader can now be installed from rescue mode as silo gets installed in the target root FS.

I tested the default installation, which went through as before without an issue - apart from the missing boot loader installation.

As Adrian pointed out in [1] a separate partition with an EXT3 FS (or most likely also EXT2) on it for `/boot` is essential. I first tried with an EXT4 file system on the root partition and no separate partition for `/boot`, but silo wasn't able to access files there. I assume it could work with an EXT3 FS on the root partition, but I haven't tested this.

[1]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-sparc/2016/06/msg00126.html

After manually installing the silo boot loader, the V245 could be booted without an issue:
Sun Fire V245, No Keyboard
Copyright 2007 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All rights reserved.
OpenBoot 4.25.10, 12288 MB memory installed, Serial #11223344.
Ethernet address 0:14:4f:11:22:33, Host ID: 84112233.

Rebooting with command: boot disk0
Boot device: /pci@1e,600000/pci@0/pci@a/pci@0/pci@8/scsi@1/disk@0,0 File and args:
SILO Version 1.4.14
Allocated 64 Megs of memory at 0x40000000 for kernel
Uncompressing image...
Loaded kernel version 4.12.6
Loading initial ramdisk (17937980 bytes at 0x1204000000 phys, 0x40C00000 virt)...
[    0.000000] PROMLIB: Sun IEEE Boot Prom 'OBP 4.25.10 2007/09/18 09:56'
[    0.000000] PROMLIB: Root node compatible:
[ 0.000000] Linux version 4.12.0-1-sparc64-smp (debian-kernel@lists.debian.org) (gcc version 6.4.0 20170805 (Debian 6.4.0-3) ) #1 SMP Debian 4.12.6-1 (2017-08-12)
[ 90.955416] systemd[1]: systemd 234 running in system mode. (+PAM +AUDIT +SELINUX +IMA +APPARMOR +SMACK +SYSVINIT +UTMP +LIBCRYPTSETUP +GCRYPT +GNUTLS +ACL +XZ +LZ4 -SECCOMP +BLKID +ELFUTILS +KMOD -IDN2 +IDN default-hierarchy=hybrid)
[   91.228427] systemd[1]: Detected architecture sparc64.

Welcome to Debian GNU/Linux buster/sid!
Debian GNU/Linux buster/sid v245 ttyS0

v245 login: root
Linux v245 4.12.0-1-sparc64-smp #1 SMP Debian 4.12.6-1 (2017-08-12) sparc64

The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.

So far I recognized no obvious problems with the installation.

* There is an empty `sources.list~` remaining in `/etc/apt`, but that's not a problem at all.

* And `apt` complains about a possibly misspelt sources.list entry:
root@v245:/etc/apt# apt update
Hit:1 http://ftp.ports.debian.org/debian-ports sid InRelease
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
All packages are up to date.
W: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/source/Sources' as repository 'http://ftp.ports.debian.org/debian-ports sid InRelease' does not seem to provide it (sources.list entry misspelt?)
root@v245:/etc/apt# cat /etc/apt/sources.list

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 _Sid_ - Unofficial sparc64 NETINST 20170905-22:45]/ sid main

#deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 _Sid_ - Unofficial sparc64 NETINST 20170905-22:45]/ sid main

deb http://ftp.ports.debian.org/debian-ports/ sid main
deb-src http://ftp.ports.debian.org/debian-ports/ sid main
Also no issue for me.

* As I use it for my alpha, hppa and ppc64 machines, shouldn't there not also be a line for the "unreleased" suite?

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