Thank you Stan, this looks promising and easy enough.

Another method i found working, but not as convenient as the above, is
to install grub2 on another system with a working cdrom and then to
add an iso residing on an existing partition as menuenty in grub.
The only difference compared to x86/64 are the needed modules and the
adressing of the drive, like:

menuentry "Debian ISO" {
set isofile="/path/to/file/name-of-iso-file-.iso"
insmod gzio
insmod part_sun
insmod <yourfilesystem_needed e.g. ext2/xfs>

loopback loop (ieee1275/disk, sun1)$isofile
echo "Starting $isofile..."
linux (loop)/casper/vmlinux iso-scan/filename=${isofile} quiet splash
initrd (loop)/casper/initrd.gz


On Tue, Jul 5, 2022 at 11:46 PM Stan Johnson <> wrote:
> On 7/5/22 9:15 AM, Connor McLaughlan wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > is there a sparc64 debian installer image available somewhere that i
> > could write with dd to a hdd/ssd and boot from it?
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> > Connor
> >
> Hi Connor,
> As I recall, the last time I tried to install Debian SID from the Debian
> installer CD, it did not recognize my CD drive (despite having just
> booted the CD from that drive). So I copied the entire installation CD
> to a spare 1 GB disk (something like "dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/dev/sdb
> bs=64k"). I was then able to boot from that disk and proceeded to a full
> installation. My existing installation was Debian 7.8, which was able to
> recognize the CD drive.
> -Stan

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