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booting linux on a Challenge S

To: linux@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com
Subject: booting linux on a Challenge S
From: Nico Halpern <nico@ramapo.edu>
Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 15:16:20 -0500 (EST)
Sender: owner-linux@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com
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hello all, and pardon me if this is a FAQ.

Scenario:
        I managed to install the rh-5.1 tarball on a Challenge S. Since I have
a single disk drive on the machine, I installed linux on a '/' filesystem that
takes up most of the disk (sda1). I no longer have IRIX on the machine, and I
would like to boot linux. I have tried the following:
boot -f vmlinux (error message: file not found... how can I tell the prom to
boot linux??)

boot bootp():/vmlinux root=/dev/sda1 init=/bin/sh .. Machine loads kernel, and
stops after the 'Warning: cannot open an initial console'. Theoretically I
_could_ fix this problem by creating the correct entry with mknod. The catch
22 is that I cannot access the hard drive because I have no console.. any
suggestions?

oh-- I almost forget. This machine is completely headless, if that makes a
diference. Also, what it the status of the sound drivers? I have not seen any
docs on this... maybe I am just looking in all the wrong places.

TIA,
        -Nico.

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                    Nico Halpern, Your Favorite daemon.
                         UNIX System Administrator
                       Ramapo College  of New Jersey
                              +1.201.684.6821
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On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. 
                                                  Antoine de Saint-Exupery



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