Gentoo Archives: gentoo-ppc-user

From: Mark Knecht <markknecht@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-ppc-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-ppc-user] yaboot has kicked my butt - 5 times?!
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 23:00:22
  OK, I'm dead tired. I admit it - yaboot has kicked my butt this
time around. Can anyone help? I did post this problem here 2-3 weeks
ago but still haven't been able to solve the problem so I'm back to
the well for another drink.

  The machine is the original 80GB PPC Mac Mini. I used to run Gentoo
on it and it ran great for years so I know at one time yaboot worked
just fine. For various reasons I hadn't updated it in a long, long
time (2 years) and instead of trying to go through the Gentoo update
process which is difficult after that much time I decided to just do a
new install. I saved copies of my kernel config and etc/make.conf but
unfortunately, being primarily an x86 guy didn't think to save
yaboot.conf and fstab. I've now done 5 complete Gentoo installs,
starting over from scratch in case something I was doing was messing
things up but so far I cannot get the machine to boot. Every time, no
matter what I do at install time, I get a message

"Can't check if filesystem is mounted due to a missing mtab file"

A somewhat out of focus screen shot is shown here:

Generally speaking I'm following the Gentoo PPC install guide located here:

I've tried both the yabootconfig method as well as manual route.
Nothing works for me so far. THey both fail the same way.

It's not in the photo but all the way through the boot the kernel
calls the hard drives /dev/hda so I'm assuming that's correct in

The kernel is 2.6.34-gentoo-r2 and the kernel config file is attached.
ext3 is built into the kernel so that shouldn't be a problem. I built
the kernel using the older 2.6.31 kernel config I saved.

As a _hardware_ test I reinstalled the old OS X that came with the
machine and it boots fine. I blew it away and installed Ubuntu 10.04
for the PPC and it boots fine, but Ubuntu uses and initrc which I've
never used before with Gentoo. (And why on this machine as the
hardware is fixed has kernel drivers.)

I'm a long time Gentoo user. The main Gentoo install seems to work
fine on this machine. As best I can tell it's only the yaboot stuff
not booting that's holding me up from using this little machine again.

Can anyone see what I've done wrong?


livecd ~ # mount /dev/hda4 /mnt/gentoo
livecd ~ # mount -t proc none /mnt/gentoo/proc
livecd ~ # mount -o bind /dev /mnt/gentoo/dev
livecd ~ # mount -o bind /sys /mnt/gentoo/sys
livecd ~ # chroot /mnt/gentoo /bin/bash
livecd / # env-update
>>> Regenerating /etc/
livecd / # source /etc/profile livecd / # export PS1="(chroot) $PS1" (chroot) livecd / # cat /etc/yaboot.conf boot=/dev/hda2 #device=/pci@f4000000/ata-6@d/disk@0: device=hd: timeout=30 install=/usr/lib/yaboot/yaboot magicboot=/usr/lib/yaboot/ofboot image=/boot/kernel-2.6.34-gentoo-r1 label=Gentoo-2.6.34-r1 partition=4 root=/dev/hda4 read-only (chroot) livecd / # mac-fdisk -l /dev/hda /dev/hda # type name length base ( size ) system /dev/hda1 Apple_partition_map Apple 63 @ 1 ( 31.5k) Partition map /dev/hda2 Apple_Bootstrap bootstrap 1600 @ 64 (800.0k) NewWorld bootblock /dev/hda3 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 swap 2097152 @ 1664 ( 1.0G) Linux swap /dev/hda4 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 root 154202672 @ 2098816 ( 73.5G) Linux native Block size=512, Number of Blocks=156301488 DeviceType=0x0, DeviceId=0x0 (chroot) livecd / # cat /etc/fstab /dev/hda4 / ext3 noatime 0 1 /dev/hda3 none swap sw 0 0 /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,user 0 0 proc /proc proc defaults 0 0 shm /dev/shm tmpfs nodev,nosuid,noexec 0 0 (chroot) livecd / # ybin -v ybin: Finding OpenFirmware device path to `/dev/hda2'... ybin: Installing first stage bootstrap /usr/lib/yaboot/ofboot onto /dev/hda2... ybin: Installing primary bootstrap /usr/lib/yaboot/yaboot onto /dev/hda2... ybin: Installing /etc/yaboot.conf onto /dev/hda2... ybin: Setting attributes on ofboot... ybin: Setting attributes on yaboot... ybin: Setting attributes on yaboot.conf... ybin: Blessing /dev/hda2 with Holy Penguin Pee... ybin: Updating OpenFirmware boot-device variable in nvram... (chroot) livecd / # ls -al /boot/kernel* -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5547992 Sep 22 11:06 /boot/kernel-2.6.34-gentoo-r1 (chroot) livecd / # exit exit livecd ~ # umount /mnt/gentoo/proc /mnt/gentoo/dev /mnt/gentoo/sys /mnt/gentoo livecd ~ # livecd ~ #


File name MIME type
MacMini.config application/octet-stream


Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-ppc-user] yaboot has kicked my butt - 5 times?! Joseph Jezak <josejx@g.o>
Re: [gentoo-ppc-user] yaboot has kicked my butt - 5 times?! "Klaus Müller" <mk.2001@×××.de>