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[Gnewsense-dev] Re: new gNewSense/MIPS netboot & archive

From: s . boutayeb
Subject: [Gnewsense-dev] Re: new gNewSense/MIPS netboot & archive
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 09:32:44 +0100
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Hi Robert,

Here my report:

    * - Put vmlinux and initrd.gz in a USB disk (in the example I used ext2)
      - Get to pmon2000 prompt and type:

     load /dev/fs/address@hidden/vmlinux
      initrd /dev/fs/address@hidden/initrd.gz
      g console=tty no_auto_cmd

  - Follow installation process in D-I.

Debian Installer:


Error #1: "Partition disks":
Message: "Logical Volume Manager not available"
Action: "Continue"

Step : "Partition disks" / Partition method
Option: "Manual"

Selection: #4 primary
Use as: "Ext3..."
Format the partition: "yes..."
Mount point: "/"
Bootable flag: "off"
"Done setting up the partition"

Selection: #2 swap

"Finish partitioning and write changes to disk"
"Write the changes to disk?": "Yes"

Messagebox: "Configuring linux-image-"
Message: "Create a symbolic link to the current kernel image"
Selection: "Yes"
Messaage: "Do you want to abort now?"
Selection: "No"

Messagebox: "Continue without boot loader"
Selection: "Continue"

Boot methode #1 from PMON2000 prompt:

load /dev/fs/address@hidden/boot/vmlinux-
g console=tty no_auto_cmd root=/dev/hda4

Result: error0

Boot methode #2 with boot.cfg:

title GNewSense mips-l - hda4
        kernel (wd0,3)/boot/vmlinux-
        args console=tty root=/dev/hda4 no_auto_cmd


title GNewSense mips-l - hda4
        kernel /dev/fs/address@hidden/boot/vmlinux-
        args console=tty root=/dev/hda4 no_auto_cmd

Error message: "The selected kernel entry is wrong. System will try default
entry from a1"

Quoting Robert Millan <address@hidden>:

> Hi!
> I rolled a new netboot image, and corrected a number of issues in the
> archive.
> What we have now:
>   - tasksel didn't work (package selection wasn't automatically installed).
>     It's quite messy to work with tasksel anyway, so I got rid of it, and
>     now use preseeding for package selection instead.
>   - wireless was mistakenly disabled by deblob, fixed now (thanks to DJB
>     Clark for pointing it out).
>   - renamed distroname (lenny -> mipsel-l)
>   - fixed a few package conflicts.
> Note: I experienced stability problems that sometimes brought Linux down when
> performing a full (+desktop) install.  Therefore the desktop components are
> not enabled by default, you have to install them manually afterwards:
>   apt-get install gnewsense-pkgsel-desktop
> Note2: for those who already installed with an older version, the current
> URIs
> for sources.list are:
> deb mipsel-l
> main
> deb
> mipsel-l main
> deb mipsel-l main
> --
> Robert Millan
>   The DRM opt-in fallacy: "Your data belongs to us. We will decide when (and
>   how) you may access your data; but nobody's threatening your freedom: we
>   still allow you to remove your data and not access it at all."

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