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Re: impossible to install off-system ?

From: P
Subject: Re: impossible to install off-system ?
Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 16:15:35 +0100
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Oskar Schirmer wrote:

we are developing an embedded system, trying to use grub.
the system has no floppy, no hd, but a compact flash as
main storage. this compact flash is available as IDE0 slave
device (/dev/hdb for linux). Now, to get the system onto
the flash, we stick it into a "dazzle*" flash reader/writer,
which comes up as first scsi device (/dev/sda for linux),
do the fdisk/mke2fs/tar sequence and then try to install
grub 0.93 onto it, while chroot'd into the target subtree:

address@hidden:/ # grub-install /dev/sda

which fails, it sais:

/dev/sda does not have any corresponding BIOS drive.

you could set your device map,
but how I did it was to just
install the whole os + grub into
an ordinary file. just losetup file /dev/loop0
initially and use /dev/loop0 instead of /dev/sda

This is very flexible as I was able
to install the file onto compact flash
embedded systems and also straight onto
a dell poweredge (scsi) system.


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