Debian-Installer: boot via TFTP
This HOWTO describes how to use debian-installer-floppies over the network to boot computers via DHCP and TFTP.
This is described in detail in PXEBootInstall.
This part is different for different computers.
- enter boot environment
Be aware this process works for newer versions of OpenBoot only. You will need to use an ARP/RARP boot process for older machines (such as the sparc server 20). Installer images are available on debian doc for the sparc architectures. Doc also contains good install instructions. I recommend the combination rarpd/tftpd; this seems to be the simplest.
- press HALT during Power On Self Test
type boot net:dhcp devfs=mount
- debian-installer segfaults currently (??) so:
Build the netboot initial RAM disk in build directory by
cd /your/path/to/debian-installer/build fakeroot make TYPE=netboot initrd
Get the Linux kernel (vmlinuz) from a kernel image package doing
mkdir newdirectory ; cd newdirectory ar -x path/to/kernel-image-version.deb tar xf data.tar.gz ls boot cd .. # back to build directory
Cast the image:
cd debian-installer/build ./tftpboot.sh newdirectory/boot/vmlinuz \ newdirectory/boot/Systemmap.gz netboot-initrd.gz /boot/di.nbi
Boot the computer. See if it'll get its address from dhcp and then does get by TFTP the image.
The computer will start the DebianInstaller.