Wed, 15 Nov 2006

Newer (beta-level) amd64 d-i image for Sarge with kernel 2.6.18

Today I updated i386 and amd64 sarge-bpo CD images.

i386 changes are minor from previous version.

  • Defined ide-generic driver for Marvell PATA controller at discover1-data. This controller is used by some ICH8 board. I hope final 2.6.19 will support it (mm patch has already supported it).
  • Provided boot.img.gz for USB memory instead of vmlinuz/initrd file.

amd64 version is wanted by many people. Well, I faced more problems on amd64 than on i386.

  • Applied 2.6.18-5~bpo.1. This source is as same as one provided by backports.org. But bpo site hasn't made it for amd64.
  • LVM/RAID support. Although I haven't tested yet, partman routine is same as i386 version already supports.
  • rescue mode support. But strangely rescue-check routine prevents boot up.. You can enable it by executing "anna-install rescue-mode" from VT2 shell.
  • Strangely my linux-image made with kernel-package 10.062~bpo.1 failed to install by "Missing required parameter 'Old' at /var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image-2.6.18-2-amd64.postinst line 393". Finally I avoided this to set "relative_links = no".
  • 2nd stage won't be internationalized for CJK people. Something happens on FB and jfbterm..
Comments

Installation Success on an ASUS P5B motherboard!

This new image works on an ASUS P5B-VM(p5b, p5b-e, etc should be the same), with a 3ware 8006 attached. PATA cdrom came up fine as hdf. This is an AMD64 install, sarge-custom-1012.iso didn't detect the cdrom.

Onboard Realtek 8169 was detected and works automatically (as eth1, firewire got the eth0)

Posted by Mike at 2006/11/16 (Thu) 01:02:00

Ski Bum

i had a small problem with the boot.tar.gz image - you can't actually fit the install ISO on on a 128mb stick - fortunately my USB stick is larger, so I copied the files and recreated a larger filesystem. in the interest of making things easier for folks might just want to provide a 256mb boot.tar.gz instead?

install went great including setting raid1 root and swap. installation recognized the sata_svw controller on this serverworks opteron mb that sarge did not

i said yes to the packages from backports.org, and as recommended, only the kernel ones.

as a result, the apache package failed to install - apparantly it is unhappy with the newer debconf http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=383267

my solution was to downgrade debconf back to stable for now - not sure how that affects the kernel packages, so I put everything from backports.org on hold for now - not the most completely ideal solution, but i figure i'll just upgrade to etch in a few months anyway.

thanks so much for your hard work on these unofficial installers, it makes it possible for me to continue to use (and recommend!) debian on current server hardware

Posted by Ivan at 2006/11/24 (Fri) 08:43:12

D'oh

oh... the title of the article... not my title. :)

Posted by Ivan at 2006/11/24 (Fri) 08:44:18

First, thanks for producing these images. I am close to being able to use them on my Sun X4100 but I am coming up short and looking for some help.

I'll start by saying the hardward detection catches 8 SCSI devices. Seven of which are listed as 1.5 MB floppy devices under SCSI2 (0,0,0-7). I don't know the cause of this... could be Java Redirection.

The HD is detected and set as SCSI3(1,2,0) or (sdi)
To which I partition and install without error.

However it fails on grub-install. I have tried going into emergency terminal and running:

chroot /target; grub-install --no-floppy /dev/sdi
/dev/sdi: Not found or not a block device.

I have also tried finishing the install and using a boot grub floppy and passing grub the following commands:

grub> root (hd0,0)
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
grub> kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sdi
Linux-bzImage setup=0x1e00, size = 0x17748d
grub> boot

It recognizes and finds the kernel and begins the boot sequence but errors with:
VFS: Cannot open root device "sdi" or unkown-block(0,0)
Please append correct "root=" boot option
Kernel Panic

So I tried it with root=/dev/sdi1 with the same result.

I've hit a roadblock here and really don't have any idea where to go. Any suggestions, advice, or direction to where to get more help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Taylor
tjudd@sfsu.edu

Posted by Taylor at 2006/12/02 (Sat) 02:02:03

I started with the 'expert' option and configured RAID en LVM. Further in the installation process, I ony can choose voor LILO as a boot loader, but I wan't GRUB! .. what goes wrong?

I paritioned as follows (raid1):

md0: sda1, sdb1 (both with bootflag) -> ext3 /boot
md1: sda2, sdb2 --> swap
md2: sda3, sdb3 --> lvm

Why isn't GRUB available?

Posted by Vince. at 2006/12/18 (Mon) 19:49:05

I started with the 'expert' option and configured RAID en LVM. Further in the installation process, I ony can choose voor LILO as a boot loader, but I wan't GRUB! .. what goes wrong?

I paritioned as follows (raid1):

md0: sda1, sdb1 (both with bootflag) -> ext3 /boot
md1: sda2, sdb2 --> swap
md2: sda3, sdb3 --> lvm

Why isn't GRUB available?

Posted by Vince. at 2006/12/18 (Mon) 19:53:51

The GRUB installation option was available when I only partioned like:

/dev/sda1 --> swap
/dev/sda2 --> ext3 /

Posted by Vince. at 2006/12/18 (Mon) 21:53:15

Installing with RAID and without using LVM also worked.

Posted by Vince. at 2006/12/18 (Mon) 23:42:50

Motherboard P5B Deluxe Not all SATA seen

Hello,
with this kernel only 3 of my 5 SATA HDs are seen by the kernel..

Posted by sioc at 2007/01/15 (Mon) 21:25:21

A.O.K for Asus P5B Deluxe Wifi-AP

Everything works on this motherboard, except the wifi. but to be honest, it was like 3am and I wasn't trying hard.
Will try to update this entry once I get the wifi to work.

Posted by Jay Ar at 2007/02/07 (Wed) 18:26:19

aic9410

hi Kenshi,
I'm trying to install a debian on a server with a controller SAS 9410W, I think aic94xx modules should support it but ... the installer found no disks

any idea?

thanks

Posted by bel8 at 2007/02/14 (Wed) 19:52:51

Hello,
Do you have any plan adding the recent driver "arcmsr" for Areca ARC-1210 series. I see it is already included in your last kernel i386.

Thanks,

Posted by at 2007/02/23 (Fri) 19:50:56

Hello,
Do you have any plan adding the recent driver "arcmsr" for Areca ARC-1210 series. I see it is already included in your last kernel i386.

Thanks,

Posted by at 2007/02/23 (Fri) 19:56:20

arcmsr needs newer kernel, and I was trying to build 2.6.20.1 ISO for amd64.
Unfortunately udev in that ISO seems not work on my test environment by a strange reason.

Posted by kmuto at 2007/02/27 (Tue) 14:03:54

initrd.gz from http://kmuto.jp/debian/d-i/2.6.18/amd64/netboot/netboot.tar.gz contains wrong (old?) version of lib/preseed/preseed.sh because of which preseeding of 2nd stage of sarge installation doesn't work.

To fix the problem you should take lib/preseed/preseed.sh from initrd.gz from http://kmuto.jp/debian/d-i/2.6.20/netboot/netboot.tar.gz or manually apply diff to the amd64 version.

Here's diff -u:

@@ -1,6 +1,7 @@
#!/bin/sh

logfile=/var/lib/preseed/log
+logfile2=/var/log/debconf-seed

log () {
logger -t preseed "$@"
@@ -70,6 +71,11 @@
else
cp $tmp $logfile
fi
+ if [ -e $logfile2 ]; then
+ cat $tmp >> $logfile2
+ else
+ cp $tmp $logfile2
+ fi
rm -f $tmp

log "successfully loaded preseed file from $location"


Kenshi, thanks for your work! You're cool.


Petya.

Posted by Petya K. at 2007/07/12 (Thu) 23:43:06

help pls

hi kmuto, can u please update the amd64 iso for sarge?

I cant detect my RAM for full memory which is 4GB. Instead it only detects 3GB RAM. The Debian 4 amd64 can detect full memory.

I really need somebody to help here...thank you for your hard work.

Posted by man at 2007/07/20 (Fri) 11:57:26
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