Extremely near to a working syste

Simone Piccardi Simone.Piccardi at fi.infn.it
Thu Apr 29 05:33:30 EST 1999


Thanks to the many helps that I get, I'm now extremely near to a working
system on a MVME2301 board.

I successfully cross-compiled a PPC kernel using a RedHat 5.2 on a PC,
and I could boot from this, I also setup the bootp and nfs server on my
machine having the kernel finding the root directory on my PC. 

The only thing I'm lacking is a ppc root tree. I tried to use a debian
tree that I take from here: 
but what I had (after booting) is:

Sending BOOTP requests....eth0: media is TP.
. OK
IP-Config: Got BOOTP answer from, my address is
IP-Config: Gateway not on directly connected network.
Looking up port of RPC 100003/2 on
Looking up port of RPC 100005/1 on
VFS: Mounted root (NFS filesystem) readonly.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 60k init 4k pmac 8k open firmware
INIT: version 2.76 booting
INIT: No inittab file found

Enter runlevel: 1
INIT: Entering runlevel: 1
INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel

and here it hangs. I never used debian, but effectively there is no
/etc/inittab in the tree, I have to get one of there something missing?
(or it seems to me that the mount was fine, but I'm wrong ?

I also try to make a RedHat tree, but the problem is that also by giving
the --root=/... option (and the --ingnorearch also) I cannot execute the
postinstallation scripts: while I was installing libraries this was not
a problem, because they simply call ldconfig and I skipped they with
--noscripts, but when I try to install other packages (like bash for
example) they execute  more complex scripts, that I have to do by hand,
and before to do this for all the packages, I would like to know if
there a cleaner (and faster) way to do this work.

Thanks you againg for all the help, I could'nt even believe to be
capable to get a so near working system in so few time!

Simone Piccardi
Microsoft is NOT the answer. Microsoft is the Question.
The answer is: "NO!"

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