On Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 05:08:55PM +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Sunday 17 January 2010, Jurij Smakov wrote:
> > Comments/Problems:
> > Now that http://bugs.debian.org/562594 is fixed, I was able to
> > continue the installation and it all went fine until the end.
> > However, after finishing the installation machine fails to boot [...]
> As the installation itself works fine I would guess this is not an 
> installer problem, but a kernel issue. Maybe it leaves the hardware in an 
> incorrect state for the reboot.
> Have you tried a cold boot of the installed system?

Adding kernel team for comment: it looks like the value returned by 
uname -m has changed from 'sparc64' in kernel 2.6.26 to 'sparc' in 
2.6.30 (and, probably, later ones). This breaks SILO, which uses this 
value to determine what first-stage bootloader to install, as a result 
the sparc machines installed with current daily installer builds turn 
unbootable by the end of installation. Please confirm that this change 
is not a result of some Debian-specific patch or build procedure, as 
it should be reported upstream if that's not the case.

For reference:

ju...@debian:~$ uname -a
Linux debian 2.6.26-2-sparc64-smp #1 SMP Thu Nov 5 03:34:29 UTC 2009 sparc64 
ju...@debian:~$ uname -m

~ # uname -a
Linux debian 2.6.30-2-sparc64 #1 Sat Sep 26 07:26:31 UTC 2009 sparc GNU/Linux
~ # uname -m

I've confirmed that forcing the machine type by running 'silo -u -f' 
makes the machine bootable again.

Best regards,
Jurij Smakov                                           ju...@wooyd.org
Key: http://www.wooyd.org/pgpkey/                      KeyID: C99E03CC

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