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Re: FAQ/

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Subject: Re: FAQ/
From: heinold@physik.tu-cottbus.de (H.Heinold)
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2000 02:29:55 +0100
In-reply-to: <20001217020043.B29250@lug-owl.de>; from jbglaw@lug-owl.de on Sun, Dec 17, 2000 at 02:00:43AM +0100
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On Sun, Dec 17, 2000 at 02:00:43AM +0100, Jan-Benedict Glaw wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 17, 2000 at 01:37:34AM +0100, Olaf Zaplinski wrote:
> > Where do I find it? I saw the debian-mipsel dist on ftp.rfc822.org, but as
> > there is no doc at all, this dist is unusuable... perhaps I am lucky with
> > that, I strongly dislike the Debian dist.
> 
> Btw, what kind of doc do you expect? The MIPS port is, well, everything
> but a "customer linux" right now. It's more-or-less working for
> people who know what they do. There's no installer comparable to
> a regular PC installation (insert boot CDROM, press enter sometimes,
> ready). Everything you can expect is a tarball, which can be
> mounted via nfsroot. There you can find a kernel inside which you
> can boot over bootp/tftp (or via mop, if you have not so much luck).
> Then, you can locally fdisk/mkfs/mount your HDDs and copy everything
> by hand. That's the installation.
> 
> Anything else still needs to be written. I've started an approach
> of a clean debian root filesystem (ftp.lug-owl.de) you may want
> to try. However, Debian is currently the only distribution supporting
> those machines at all. The declinux image is heavily outdated and
> ships a totally broken libc with it... It's no fun!
> 
> MfG, JB"Nur die Harten komm'n in'n Garten, alle Weichen geh'n in Teich!"G
> PS: http://oss.sgi.com/mips/mips-howto.html
> 

Hm I am still working on the boot floppies for debian, when I have the time.
for mipsel they should work, but I only build them for mips.
the problem on mips was the sgi disklabel, but that isnt used on dec. 


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Henning Heinold

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