Ok I got this from the posts from Safely Anonymous:
You are right they say nothing on the website or in the instructionsQuote:> Did you make a PROPER bootstrap partition, like Ethan's docs for
> Yaboot say? (800 KB, type Apple_Bootstrap) If not, follow directions.
> DO NOT MOUNT THE BOOTSTRAP PARTITION. Don't do it. Do not do it. Make
> it's of type Apple_Bootstrap so MacOS doesn't do it either (it'll
> immediately debless the Forth bootscript, and make your Linux side not
> unbootable, but much more difficult to boot).
> Please refer to the Yaboot documentation on what kind of partition
> supposed to have as a bootstrap partition, if you don't believe me.
about setting up an a bare drive.
So today this is what I did that also did not work:
Quantum 4gig at hda Master internal
Maxtor 10 gig hdb Slave internal
Maxtor 60 gig hdd Slave (with the CD rom)
Maxtor 80 gig hdf Master (on a sonnet ATA 66 PCI card)
OK here is what I did:
I formatted the drive (hda) with Disk Utility from the OSX startup disk
as free space with the OS 9 drivers.
Now Safely says this doesn't matter unless you want to boot it with OS
9 but just not to mount the bootstrap partition and to partition a
proper bootstrap partition. However my install failed to write the boot
partition once again. Call me surprised.
Now I think there is something to this. Here is what YDL says you need
for a boot partition. 10 megs right and it needs to be HFS right. Well
why do you need that for a new world Mac? Answer you don't. You only
need the 800 K bootstrap partition Safely mentions. They talk about a
place to put files you can mount in Linux with the standard hfs tools
and say to mount hfs+ you need other tools. So they are using this 10
megs as a swap space for files between hfs+ and ext2.
Ok I got Mac-fdisk (that is distributed with Debian) to properly format
this bootstrap partition one time. However their installer sucks and it
puked. Mandrake and YDL failed to write yaboot to the partitions
formatted with their installers. They don't create this proper
So here's my next step:
I am going to use Mac-fdisk from the Debian distro to format the disk.
Now the only thing you absolutely can't delete (the program won't let
you) is partition 1. It is the partition map itself. So, the bootstrap
should go on hda,2 (partition 2) with swap as 3 and root as 4.
I will try formatting the drive with Mac-fdisk and use the YDL
installer in expert mode and just save the partitions without editing
or at least only edit their mount points without touching the bootstrap
partition at all and see if it writes the yaboot to the bootstrap.
Also, if you use Mac-fdisk it actually names the partitions and calls
this one Apple_Bootstrap. I believe it's mount point is /boot.
That's it. If this fails more reading of the yaboot docs (which left
something to be desired also).
Whoever is reading, good luck with yours. I still think Linux sux but
will not be defeated only slowed down a bit.
"It's coming through now Kahn......Here it comes".