43p-140 install issues

Sven Luther sven.luther at wanadoo.fr
Mon Jan 3 21:48:48 EST 2005

On Mon, Jan 03, 2005 at 10:56:30AM +0100, Philippe Guyot wrote:
> On Monday 03 January 2005 05:15, Mike Martin wrote:
> > Now I'm very confused .... on my next reboot ... the network wouldn't
> > work. After much trial and error, I got the current unstable d-i image
> > to work. It did it all right up to the reboot (where is warns you that
> > it doesn't have a boot loader installed).
> >
> > Now what!
> >
> > I have an installed system, but I can't figure out how to boot it! I
> > have /boot/vmlinux on /dev/sdb1 and a root on /dev/sdb1. How do I
> > write a boot sector or tell OpenFirmware to boot from this file? I
> > tried to netboot and set root=/dev/sdb1 - but without the scsi modules
> > loaded it fails to read the drives and panics.
> >
> > I think I neet to create a type 41 PReP boot partition and get the
> > kernel onto it. I've found this thread:
> > http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-parted/2002-09/msg00016.html
> >
> > and this:
> > http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/support/solutions/champion_server/rs6k.shtml
> >
> > I tried booting up with the installer, going to a shell after the scsi
> > was active and the installed system was mounted. I used sfdisk from
> > /target/sbin to create a 10 Meg type 41 partition on the first HD
> > (/dev/sdb0 eventually). I used dd to copy /target/boot/vmlinux to this
> > partition. But it still won't boot.
> I succeeded last year to install a woody on a 143P-140 whith the help of Leigh 
> Brown (thanks to him again). And two 150 whit sarge also.
> I'm not sure, but I have the feeling that your image on the prep partition 
> (should be type 0x41) is not able to determine where the root is, so Leigh 
> did a piece of code named "preptools" in order to patch the image with the 
> location of root.

Hey, cool, where is this tool ? We need to package it for debian if it is not
already, and use it in d-i, and maybe even mkvmlinuz directly.


Sven Luther

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