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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2003 12:53 am    Post subject: SPARCstation 5 CD Install Using Stage3 Tarball Reply with quote

Hi,

I've installed Gentoo successfully on about eight different x86 machines, but this is my first go with SPARC. I am stuck in section 4 of the install guide (see below).

Hardware:
SPARCstation 5
- 96MB RAM
- 9.1GB 10K rpm drive (SCSI ID=3)
- External SCSI CD-ROM (SCSI ID=6)
- cgthree video

Software:
- ISO: gentoo-sparc-1.1a-r2.iso
- Stage: stage3-sparc-1.4_rc3.tar.bz2

Docs:
Gentoo Sparc Linux Installation Guide (2002-12-08)

I was able to get the machine to boot from CD by pressing 'Stop-A' to get the "ok" prompt (not intuitive to the uninitiated) and then entering 'boot cdrom', followed by 'ramdisk' at the SILO prompt.

I started up the chroot environment as shown in Code listing 4.1, and ran 'dhcpcd eth0' (which was "not found" until after I chrooted).

Using my previous install experience on x86, I was able to remove the Solaris partitions and re-partition the disk as follows:
/dev/sda1 100 MB /boot
/dev/sda2 256 MB swap
/dev/sda3 ~8.4 GB /

The first issue (Code listing 4.2) which I worked around, is that there is no /etc/resolv.conf file to copy, since the CD-ROM is a read-only filesystem. I created one by hand with 'nano'.

When I get to Code listing 4.4 and try to mount -o bind /proc proc, I get the message:

mount: /proc has wrong device number or fs type none not supported

I tried skipping this and running the next command and get a different problem:
chroot /mnt/gentoo bin/bash returns the message:
FATAL: kernel too old

The only cause I can think of for this is that the 1.1a ISO has a 2.2.20 kernel and I suspect the stage3 tarball has a 2.4 kernel.

Any thoughts folks can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2003 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same problems getting a build going on my sparcstation 4. The way I got round it was as follows:
I downloaded the Mandrake sparc distribution and did a minimal install with that onto a separate partition to allow console boot and kernel compilation; no X.
I then got hold of a 2.4.20 or 2.4.21 sparc kernel source tree (http://osinvestor.com/sparc/debs/) and compiled a new kernel with the proper options (be sure to enable devfs) Rebooted into that kernel and mounted my gentoo root system partition. mount /proc and chroot from the 1.4_rc2 tarball now worked and all went fine after that.

Good luck
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2003 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use my install docs listed in this forum: http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=39064. I have detailed a few problems with the Sparc install docs and workarounds.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2003 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can eliminate those problems by downloading the test iso of 1.4. It is linked in #gentoo-sparc on IRC. If you still get errors about mounting a proc (ie wrong fs type) then use "-t proc" in addition to the regular command and that should do it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2003 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

use the aurora 1 sparc distro for boot it has a 2.4 kernel
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