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challenge s install woes.

Subject: challenge s install woes.
From: Nate Pearlstein <>
Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 11:22:28 -0400
Organization: SGI South Eastern Field Technical Support

The latest document on, , that gives instructions for
installing harhat 5.1 on SGI Indy, in my case a chall s has that little
section at the end called:

Running Linux on Challenge S.

I was able to run the linux install process, though using IRISconsole to
talk to serial port 1 on the back of the challenge s is really bizarre. 
The screen redraws are odd and it usually requires 2 character inputs to
really do something.  that is having to press space bar twice or figure
out how many tabs to press to get back to the button you want and then
press space, but I digress.

Anyway, it says Don't forget to change setup-1.9.1-2.noarch.rpm to add
some securetty's so that you can log in over the network.  My problem is
that I don't know hoe to edit a *.rpm file.  I can't figure out how to
extract a rpm spec file.  I would like to just leave out the securettys
file all together for now.

After reading the rpm man page I can see how to create an rpm file and I
know how to extract the files that get installed from an rpm but I don't
want to accidentally forget something that may be only mentioned in a
spec file.

Right now I have a machine that is pingable and telnetd responds to
telnet but of course I can't get in.

I tried to boot using the installfs as the root file system but it
immediately launches the install program, I'm trying to use the nfsroot
to get at my /dev/sdb1 so that I can remove the /etc/securettys file.

Any suggestions?  Thanks


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