I have been trying to install gentoo linux on a miata-class alpha platform and,
after following the instructions in the gentoo linux handbook, I still can't
seem to achieve a working system.
I am using a livecd burned from the gentoo-alpha-2004_2-20040730.iso download.
I used a stage1 tarball stage1-alpha-20040730.tbz2 to perform the installation,
and all seemed to go according to the gentoo handbook instructions. I chose the
genkernel option, and its creation/build also seemed to match the gentoo
The kernel version is kernel-2.4.21-alpha-r12. The step where the system disk
is made bootable and a bootloader is configured is where I seem to be failing.
I chose to configure/use the aboot bootloader; however, I can't seem to find
any directions, other than some minimal general material in the aboot, abootconf
and aboot.conf man pages, which describe how to set up abbot and boot the
kernel built during the installation.
Am I using the most recent, stable gentoo linux installation distribution for
the alpha platform?
Has anyone successfully built a genkernel from the above distribution and
booted it? If so, how did you set up the aboot environment?
The specific problem I am having is:
boot dkc0 -fl "i"
...stuff leading to the aboot scondary bootloader menu...
jumping to bootstrap code
aboot: Linux/Alpha SRM bootloader version 0.9bpre
aboot: switching to OSF/1 PALcode version 1.22
aboot: booting from device 'SCSI 0 1009 0 0 0 0 0'
aboot: valid disklabel found: 3 partitions.
Welcome to aboot 0.9bpre
I give the command (wrapped for readability)
b /boot/kernel-2.4.21-alpha-r12 initrd=/boot/initrd-2.4.21-alpha-r12
root=/dev/ram0 real_root=/dev/sda2 init=/linuxrc
the boot begins with loading the kernel after a number of device/driver
configurations but hangs at the point
IP protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 1024 buckets, 8Kbytes
TCP: Hash table configured (established 16384 bind 16384)
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
FAT: bogus logical sector size 0
You didn't specify the type of your ufs filesystem
<...a sample mount command...>
>>>WARNING<<< Wrong ufstype may corrupt your filesystem, default is ufstype=old
ufs_read_super: bad magic number
read_super_block: can't find a reiserfs filesystem on (dev 01:00,block 64, size 1024)
read_super_block: can't find a reiserfs filesystem on (dev 01:00,block 8, size 1024)
kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 01:00
The dkc0 disk label has 3 partitions:
a: the swap partition (starting at cylinder 3)
b: the root partition with filesystem type ext2
c: the whole disk partition
I have probably missed/misundertood an installation step or haven't guessed the
correct aboot command so, if someone could provide an example of a working
aboot environment for a working alpha gentoo linux installation, I would
Thanks for your help
Bill Glessner - System programmer
Central Washington University
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