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Subject: boot linux - wish
From: ariel@oz.engr.sgi.com (Ariel Faigon)
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 13:17:06 -0700 (PDT)
Organization: Silicon Graphics Inc.
Reply-to: ariel@sgi.com (Ariel Faigon)
Sender: owner-linux@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com
Miguel wrote:

: Ok, it is not that simple.  
:
: The problem is that the Linux kernel does not have a module for
: accessing EFS, so you have to do this in two steps:
:

Hi,

Could someone rise to the challenge of writing a utility
that will install Linux on an IRIX machine?

It can ask questions like:
        Do you want to boot Linux from a [L]ocal disk or from
        a [R]emote machine [l/r] ? ...

And:
        To install Linux locally, you'll need a free partition.
        On what partition do you want to install Linux on [/dev/sdb7]?

And give hints like:
        Sorry you don't have the e2fs tools installed on IRIX yet
        should I download them from ftp.linux.sgi.com [y/n]?

And give big warnings like:
        Are you sure you want to destroy your IRIX /dev/sdb7 partition
        by running mke2fs on it [y/n]? 

But it should make it much easier for non-hackers to install
Linux side-by-side with IRIX.

This utility should give ask the user where from to take a kernel
etc. but it should have good defaults like getting it from
ftp://ftp.linux.sgi.com/ etc.

Lastly: it can have two steps (before reboot and after)
but it should do enough sanity checks and user confirms to make
sure it does the right thing.

A working utility like this is effectively a HOWTO and can be much
more useful for most people.

-- 
Peace, Ariel

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