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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:41 am    Post subject: No handbook for IA64? Reply with quote

I'm trying to install Gentoo 2006.0 on a IA64 system - HP Integity RX2600 to be exact. For the most part I used the x86 procedure but I don't know what to do after emerging elilo. I guess grub won't work on a system with EFI?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://docs.hp.com/en/5991-1247/ch05s21.html

That should tell you how to configure elilo...hope it helps.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link. I'm edited /etc/elilo.conf but when I try to run:

Code:

 elilo -b /dev/sda1


I get this:
Code:

Logical sector size is zero.
elilo: Filesystem on /dev/sda1 is corrupt, please fix that and rerun elilo.


I created ext2 fs on /dev/sda1 - is that correct or should it be a different file system for the EFI?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was able to make elilo attempt to boot after running:
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elilo -b /dev/sda1 --format

but the system hangs after loading initramfs. Should I try to run it without the initramfs?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know too much about eLilo or EFI, but should not you be doing:
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 elilo -b /dev/sda

This would make the bootloader install onto your master boot record rather than a partition.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Gentoo on Alternative Architectures.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ma3oxuct wrote:
I don't know too much about eLilo or EFI, but should not you be doing:
Code:
 elilo -b /dev/sda

This would make the bootloader install onto your master boot record rather than a partition.


Elilo actually copies the kernel and the initramfs into the EFI partition. I tried starting from scratch and laying out the filesystems again but this time using "ee" as the type for the first partition on the drive but when I do that, none of my other partitions want to mount anymore - the /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2 and /dev/sda3 files are removed and only /dev/sda is there. As soon as I delete the EFI partition everything is back to normal. From what I'm reading the EFI/ee partition is nothing but a DOS fs so I set that as the type and I'm going to try it again.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark_alec wrote:
Moved from Installing Gentoo to Gentoo on Alternative Architectures.


I was wondering where my post went :)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished installing stuff and I'm trying to boot the system. elilo seems to have a bug where it doesn't put a slash in front of the file kernel/initrd filename in the path while parsing elilo.conf. Since the EFI has an editor, I was able to edit the file manually and get it to attempt booting but it says loading initramfs...done and then just hangs. Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1/2 yeay - it almost works. I removed the read-only option from the elilo.conf that's on the DOS/EFI partition and the system boots now but it's ignoring the "root" parameter for some reason and I have to specify /dev/sdb3 as the root each time - kind of a PITA but this is definitely improvement. I was starting to get sick of booting it off the CD. Here's my latest elilo.conf


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delay=2
timeout=2
default=gentoo
image=/EFI/gentoo/kernel-genkernel-ia64-2.6.17-gentoo-r3
        label=gentoo
        initrd=/EFI/gentoo/initramfs-genkernel-ia64-2.6.17-gentoo-r3
        root=/dev/sdb3
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After two days of torture I have kde-3.5.4 up and running. Thanks for all your help!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we've finally stopped being lazy and finished up the IA64 handbook :)

http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-ia64.xml

be good to get some feedback !
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpanKY wrote:
we've finally stopped being lazy and finished up the IA64 handbook :)
be good to get some feedback !


Tomorrow, or next monday, I will start with an install on a HP Integity RX2620 (IA64 system).
I also had some questions about the install procedure, but you finished the book just in time... hehe, THX !!

I will use the book and you can expect some feedback.
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