LinuxQuestions.org
Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Debian
User Name
Password
Debian This forum is for the discussion of Debian Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 07-20-2006, 04:07 PM   #1
RavenOfOdin
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2006
Location: Arkansas, C.S.A
Distribution: Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, PC / Debian Etch 2.6.16.17 PPC
Posts: 60

Rep: Reputation: 15
Ubuntu 6.06 -> Debian Sarge, using debootstrap on PowerPC (iMac G3)


Can anyone here tell me or point me to a guide on installing a proper Debian Sarge system through the debootstrap utility? I've tried the chroot guide located in
"man debootstrap" on Ubuntu 6.06 and with it plus some figuring out what steps I need at configure time, I managed to get a test system working.

I would use floppies but this iMac is the kind that doesn't have a floppy drive or a spare USB port to stick a drive into. Not even in the side of the keyboard.

I've looked over some other guides here but they seem to be for outdated distributions/kernels such as 2.4.18, and none of them seem to take into account Macs, OpenFirmware, or the yaboot installer.
 
Old 07-21-2006, 09:03 AM   #2
JimBass
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: New York City
Distribution: Debian Sid 2.6.32
Posts: 2,100

Rep: Reputation: 48
You probably will encounter some problems going from Ubuntu to Sarge. Sarge is super old by most distro standards. That it part of its attraction in many ways, but I think the default kernel in sarge is something like 2.4.27 or so. You do have the option of 2.6.8 I think as well, but the default is 2.4.

If you're looking to make the machine a server, Sarge is all good, but if you're using it as a desktop/workstation, you'd have a much easier time and get current software with either Etch (testing) or Sid (unstable). It also would be closer to Ubuntu, which is based on Sid.

I'm sure you can do things the way you are trying, but are you avoiding the CDRom install for some reason? It seems this image from debian.org (sarge for powerpc) would be what you want if you stick with sarge - http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...pc-netinst.iso

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 07-21-2006, 05:34 PM   #3
RavenOfOdin
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2006
Location: Arkansas, C.S.A
Distribution: Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, PC / Debian Etch 2.6.16.17 PPC
Posts: 60

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
I have that image anyway, just no blank CD's which I can successfully burn it with (proper ISO image as contents of CD) at the moment. That's why I was asking about the network install.

I saw the "ZeroDiskInstall" entry on http://wiki.debian.org but apparently that only works for GRUB bootloaders and thus PC's. . . surprising considering that Yaboot makes provisions for ISO9660 filetypes.

I might just do a dist-upgrade to Etch once Sarge is installed. I'm not sure.
 
Old 07-21-2006, 09:05 PM   #4
JimBass
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: New York City
Distribution: Debian Sid 2.6.32
Posts: 2,100

Rep: Reputation: 48
Yeah, that makes things tough. You can install grub to just about anything, floppy, cdrom, usbstick, etc. Problem is you said no floppy, and installing it to cdrom can't be done as you have no blanks. The usbstick maybe? Of course to install grub, I think you'd need something with grub, like knoppix, and that means another blank disk, unless you already have a live distro?

I don't know anything about yaboot, sorry. Did you try googling for just what you are trying to do? Dumping just "yaboot .iso" into http://google.com/linux gives this as the first result -> http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...h04s04.html.en

That tells how to deal with yaboot, and getting things to work on a usbstick. If you don't have one of those, you're SOL. I see you say there is no USB slot free, but if you have a mouse connected through usb, unplug it and use its slot, as you don't use a mouse in the sarge installer. Or go to the store, spend the $2 or so and get a few blanks.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 07-22-2006, 04:49 PM   #5
RavenOfOdin
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2006
Location: Arkansas, C.S.A
Distribution: Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, PC / Debian Etch 2.6.16.17 PPC
Posts: 60

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Well. . .

Ignore everything I previously said. . .Lol. I went with plan B and got a new blank CD, burned 31r2 on it with my other machine.

After going through the base install process, everything's fine so far.

Thanks for your help.
 
Old 07-22-2006, 05:26 PM   #6
JimBass
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: New York City
Distribution: Debian Sid 2.6.32
Posts: 2,100

Rep: Reputation: 48
No problem, glad things worked out for you!

Peace,
JimBass
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Debian PPC Install errors (debootstrap, error 1) kdepa Debian 3 03-29-2007 06:27 AM
Mixing Ubuntu repositories with Debian 3.1 Sarge Rutnut Debian 8 07-01-2005 09:10 AM
There have a error with debootstrap install debian cbz789 Debian 2 04-22-2005 06:20 PM
debian-sarge-netinst.iso (powerpc) sebyte Debian 9 10-06-2004 01:43 PM
Debian Sarge PowerPC can't find module for harddrive GT3NE1 Linux - Hardware 0 10-04-2004 12:05 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:39 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration