revisiting intel mac pro installation attempt

  • BabaG
Posted: Fri, 02/20/2009 - 02:34
ok, so i think i never did get debian installed before (several months ago when i last tried on my intel mac pro). i kept the disk separate from my main osx/xp system disk and just went back, removing the osx/xp disk and replacing it with the debian install. it wouldn't boot. the partitions did appear on inspection, though, leading me to believe that the install never really followed through, just the partitioning. last time i tried this i spent so much time on the basic install that i had to quit with it and revert to my normal osx/xp system to get some work done. i think, now, that that install never was right, and that was just the base debian system. never did get as far as 64studio. i've just returned to the process and attempted to install again on this disk, tried twice with separate confirmed burns of the debian mini cd linked on the intel mac pro installation wiki. a search of this forum with the term 'BabaG' will turn up my previous thread on this subject which has the link to the wiki. when i go through the install, assiduously following the wiki instructions, i keep getting the message: base system installation error. the debootstrap program exited with an error (return value 1). check /var/log/syslog or see virtual console 4 for details. first off, i don't know how to check any of this suince i'm still in the middle of the install when i get the error. secondly, i don't know what virtual console 4 is or how to get to it. one thing that seemed odd to me was that, during the partition process, the progress bar jumps to 33% for each partition as it partitions but never does a gradual movement across the screen to 100%. in spite of this, no error is thrown at this point, though. is anyone actually running 64studio on an intel mac pro? any thoughts on how to get by this are most appreciated. thanks, BabaG

ok. got to the log info from

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Fri, 02/20/2009 - 06:35
ok. got to the log info from the debootstrap thing and these lines seem possibly instructive: main menu [3980] (process:19652) file descriptor 3 left open main menu [3980] (process:19652) file descriptor 4 left open main menu [3980] (process:19652) file descriptor 5 left open main menu [3980] (process:19652) file descriptor 6 left open main menu [3980] debug: resolver (libc6): package doesn't exist main menu [3980] info: menu item 'base installer' selected debootstrap: e: noscript debootstrap: ea: /usr/lib/debootstrap/scripts/lenny debootstrap: ef: no such script: %s there might have been some other things between some of these lines but these seemed like they were the ones indicating something might be wrong. any thoughts, anyone? thanks, BabaG ps. sorry about the formatting if this all runs together. that's not the way it looks here on my end. seems to happen when i post.

just got this reply to a

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Fri, 02/20/2009 - 04:02
just got this reply to a query to ricardo yanez, the maker of the suggested mini install cd: As a general rule of thumb: The reason a patched kernel is needed is because of Apple's firmware and proprietary hardware. If the hardware has any piece of firmware, or any driver the mini cd does not have you'll probably have to do your own patching and mini cd. I'm sorry, but the mini CD is already a couple of years old, meaning whatever new non-supported hardware Apple includes is likely to fail. none too promising. BabaG

not much. there's a page

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Fri, 02/20/2009 - 03:59
not much. there's a page for a choice of http or ftp protocol. then there's something about the archive mirror. i picked the u.s. one for ftp.debian.org. and finally there was the page for the debian archive mirror directory. i think it just defaulted to /debian/. that last one is where i'm wondering if i should maybe supply more detail but i wouldn't know what to put in anyway. on the other hand, i don't know if maybe this part of the process is where i should be using some links to 64studio repositories instead. haven't found a step by step walkthrough of this process anywhere. thanks, BabaG

console 4 for details.

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Fri, 02/20/2009 - 03:06
Hi BabaG, I think you need to type [ctrl]+[alt]+[f4] when you get to the halt, this should take you to console 4 where you will see the error verbose. I cant help much more I've not got a mac pro. What other options are there when you choose a mirror? Cheers! dave

maybe i'm just doing

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Fri, 02/20/2009 - 02:51
maybe i'm just doing something wrong in the install section: choose a mirror of the debian archive. there, i've chosen ftp for the protocol, ftp.debian.org for the debian archive mirror hostname /debian/ for the debian archive mirror directory should these be something else? are they incomplete? thanks, BabaG