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5.1 installation fun & games...

To: SGI Linux <>
Subject: 5.1 installation fun & games...
From: Leon Verrall <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 10:08:21 +0100 (BST)
'lo all,

I've tripped over something trying to install the 5.1 distribution on a
spare indy. I have a second Indy acting as a bootp server for the nfs-root
installation. The nfs-root filesystem came from installfs.tgz on linus.

The machines are both on a segmented network with the netmask 0xffffff80 so
I had to muck about with nfsroot= and nfsaddrs= . The boot command I'm using

  boot bootp():vmlinux nfsroot=/scratch/linux/installfs \

Anyway, this boots the kernel, mounts the root fs and then stops with the

  Warning: unable to open an initial console

This turns up if I use any type of console (gfx or vt100 terminal). Perhaps
that was too literal an interpretation but I'd have kicked myself if it was
the problem :)

I suspect my bootp setup could be more robust or nfs root isn't mounting

BTW, small tip I found useful. Instead of typing:

  boot bootp():vmlinux nfsroot=/scratch/linux/installfs etc. etc. 

everytime to boot, on an SG machine use:

  setenv -p linux "a_very_long_command_its_a_pain_to_keep_typing"

and boot the machine with 


at the console prompt :)


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