43p-140 install issues

Sven Luther sven.luther at wanadoo.fr
Tue Jan 4 01:30:15 EST 2005

On Mon, Jan 03, 2005 at 09:07:31AM -0500, Mike Martin wrote:
> On Mon, 3 Jan 2005 15:01:02 +0100, Sven Luther <sven.luther at wanadoo.fr> wrote:
> [snip]
> > What exact machine do you have again ?
> An IBM 7043. It's a 43p-140 labeled as a 604e 332 Mhz.

Well, prep_pci.c does know about : 

  IBM RS/6000 7043-240 (ibm_doral)
  IBM RS/6000 7024-E30

As far as IBM boxes are concerned. Doe the -140 have stuff in common with
leigh's -240 (the -140 being mono-cpu while the -240 being dual ?).

> [snip]
> > 
> > set <minor> <flag> <on|off>
> > 
> > minor is the partition, starting at 1, flag is the flag, (prep in this case)
> > and on|off is obvious.
> > 
> > It simply sets the prep flag, which is then translated as a 0x41 partition
> > type. I think this is a deficiency in the parted/libparted API, but well,
> > there is not much we can do about that unless a major libparted change.
> Cool. That's good to know.

It was added recently though.

> > Yep, d-i uses devfs, still partitions start at 1.
> Ok. Oops
> > > I see how much more time I can buy with this machine. It may need to
> > > go back into storage this week if I can't make it run. Not fun.
> > 
> > What about donating it to debian or something such ?
> I'd love to however it's not mine to donate. It's the companies (They
> have 2 actually, I might try the other one since it has slightly
> different hardware).

Well, you could argue that donating one might make the other one usefull :)

> The problem is: at work, I can't netboot. There is no server that will
> respond and I can't set one up. I had the machine at home for the
> holidays and thus can boot it from my LAN. If I can't get it to
> self-boot before I have to take it back to the office - then I'm
> stuck.

Ok, understandable, still, getting it to netboot would be a first step to
getting it working right later.

> If I can get it to boot the system (even from floppy or cd) I will
> have it to help test stuff. Otherwise it goes back under the desk
> where it came from.

Understandable too. What is the deadline ? I built a d-i kernel with the
powerstack2 - utah pci irq patch, and it now works fine here. Still some work
is needed, but basically this means i can scratch the disk on the box, and do
some real d-i development, bringing in the partman-prep patch, and maybe even
building a prep-installer that does the needed stuff to make it self-boot.

I think you have to give your box back by monday next week though, right ?
this could be too short, but let's see if we can make something happen.

Right now, there are two issues : 

  1) the kernel may have some irq problems, or some other patching may be

  2) partman-prep is not included in d-i.

  3) there is no automated prep-installer in d-i.
Watch out on : http://people.debian.org/~luther/prep for uploads i make.


Sven Luther

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