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Re: 5.1 installation fun & games...

To: Alex deVries <adevries@engsoc.carleton.ca>
Subject: Re: 5.1 installation fun & games...
From: Leon Verrall <leon@reading.sgi.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 14:30:47 +0100 (BST)
Cc: Shrijeet Mukherjee <shm@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com>, SGI Linux <linux@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com>
In-reply-to: <Pine.LNX.3.95.980713141746.22134F-100000@lager.engsoc.carleton.ca>
Sender: owner-linux@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com
On Mon, 13 Jul 1998, Alex deVries wrote:

> On Mon, 13 Jul 1998, Leon Verrall wrote:
>
> > Well, here's a funny thing... 
> > I now have a debian Linux box in the office configured for bootp and tftp
> > etc. It has the manhattan alpha 1 distribution on it. I bootp():/vmlinuz my
> > Indy, the kernel boots fine and then:
> >   Warning: unable to open an initial console. 
> > Where have we seen this before? 
> 
> This is a problem with the install not being able to find the /dev/console
> file.  It usually means you don't have the install pointing in the right
> place.  I'd suggest looking at tftp and nfs logs closely.

This is irritating... rpc.nfsd reports this activity during the boot:

 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 mountd[199]: NFS mount of /usr/src/sgi/installfs
 attempted from 144.253.75.29 
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 mountd[199]: /usr/src/sgi/installfs has been mounted
 by 144.253.75.29
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: getattr [1 70/1/1 01:00:04 lab29 0.0]
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: ^I7200e760 04 708c8eca
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: result: 0
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: lookup [1 70/1/1 01:00:04 lab29 0.0]
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: ^Ifh:/usr/src/sgi/installfs n:dev
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: ^Inew_fh = /usr/src/sgi/installfs/dev
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: result: 0
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: lookup [1 70/1/1 01:00:04 lab29 0.0]
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: ^Ifh:/usr/src/sgi/installfs/dev n:console
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: ^Inew_fh =
 /usr/src/sgi/installfs/dev/console  
 Jul 14 13:55:59 lab17 nfsd[420]: result: 0                                     
 

And then goes on to stat init, some libraries and the install2 binary but
still comlians that the console can't be opened. 

OK, I thought perhaps that filesystems is duff. So I exported / on the linux
box and booted with that as my nfsroot. OK it'll fail to find init (which it
did) but it should open /dev/console. Nope, same error. 

As far as I can tell the mount is sucessful and the right files are being
accessed. Presumably the filesystem is properly mounted by the kernel on the
Indy under / so what does that leave...?

Leon

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