Re: Installing Debian on an Alix 2d3 using PXE
Thanks for all the help!
In the end I added the domain-name-servers option to the dhcp server
configuration, and now it works.
For those who misunderstood my mail, tftp and bootp (basically PXE)
worked before and the kernel and the initramdisk got loaded. The problam
was with the installer not being able to access the mirrors. Apparently
even though the installer asked me to provide a name server, it did not
use it :-(.
Why use PXE? Well, I always wanted to do that. Also I have the nice
little box for the Alix, and it becomes quite cumbersome if you have to
unscrew everything, remove the CF card, install everything, then put it
back. I am much in favor of automating things, and apparently so is
Debian, why else would there be such handy features like preseeding (I'm
still learning about it...)?
Anyways, the installation seemed to complete successfully. Unfortunately
Grub is not yet configured to use the serial console and crashes. Now I
need to find a way to mount the partition in a recovery environment in
order to change the Grub configuration...
Urs Hunkeler wrote:
I'm trying to install Debian on an Alix 2d3 board (installing from
network using PXE, the installer runs in a serial console). When I
select a mirror, the installer tells me that it is going to verify the
mirror, and then immediately gives me an error message saying that the
mirror is invalid. A tcpdump on the relaying computer shows that there
was absolutely no traffic on the network (ie. the installer is not
trying to access the network at all, not even dns lookup). When I open
the console and use netcat (nc, as ping, ifconfig and other such tools
are not available in the minimalistic environment), I can access
different servers without any problems, so I have to assume that the
network setup is working.
What is going on? Why doesn't the installer use the network? How can I
I managed to boot the Debian text installer over PXE on an Alix 2d3. The
Alix does not have a graphics card, so the installation has to be done
using a serial console. Also, since so far I only got the basic
installer running, I have a very limited system running, which
unfortunately limits the debugging options.
Any help is appreciated!