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Re: installation

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 03:35:17PM -0500, Andrew D Dixon wrote:
> Hi All,
> I've got a box here that I'm trying to install Debian (powerpc) onto.
> It has a 10 gig hard  drive and an ethernet connection but no floppy or
> CD drive.  Right now it boots over the network using bootp and tftp.  It
> then mounts its root partition over nfs.
> Anybody have any ideas?  I think I can start the installation process if
> I can get root.bin to mount as the root partition when it boots but I
> can's seem to get this to work.

since you netbooted i am guessing this is a NewWorld powermac?
perhaps a IBM RS/6000?  

if its a powermac setup your bootp server to use yaboot as the boot
file, and put a yaboot.conf like this next to yaboot in the tftproot:



root.bin is the root floppy image you downloaded from debian.org.
this will drop you right into the dbootstrap installer.  read the
install docs for info on CORRECTLY installing the bootloader (it does
NOT involve running `make linux bootable from the hard disk')

also see http://penguinppc.org/usr/ybin/doc/mac-fdisk-basics.shtml for
info on properly partitioning (if its a powermac you must create an
800K type Apple_Bootstrap partition to make it disk bootable). 

RS/6000 installs are very similar, you may have to put yaboot.conf in
an etc subdirectory for those however.  i am not very familier with those.

Ethan Benson

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