Possibly silly: FAI served from OS X?

Matthew Braun mjbraun at leydenjar.com
Mon Sep 27 03:59:32 CEST 2004

I spoke too soon; I hand-forced (just to be able to double-check what 
was going to happen) the fai and fai-kernels packages just fine. The 
place where I was finally stumped was running fai-setup. I bypassed the 
the adduser portion (I don't really need the logging, and OS doesn't 
have a native version of the adduser command) and went straight to the 
"create_nfsroot" portion of fai-setup. At that point I had to give up 
as I have no desire to hand-translate the script. If someone could 
provide the actual command sequence run by the script, I might be able 
to do basic replacements here and there. Also, I think it might be 
easier if I just use http access rather than nfs (though I can do both, 
although nfs configuration on OS X is a bit odd, using netinfo among 
other things).

Today, today, each day I have waited for you.
And now do they not say you are strewn with the shells of Ishi river?

On Sep 26, 2004, at 6:01 PM, Nicolas Triantafillou wrote:

> Hmm this one goes beyond my combined FAI/fink knowledge.
> Thought of other approaches such as virtual PC or debian for ppc ?
> Matthew Braun wrote:
>> I tried using apt-get to install the necessary packages but because 
>> the architecture is not i386, things go haywire. Since I want to 
>> serve the nfsroot off my OS X box, and I've set up a mirror of Woody, 
>> my main concern is how to manually configure the layout since I can't 
>> rely on apt/dpkg to do it for me:
>> root at Obsidian:Clean me up!# dpkg --install fai-kernels_1.6_i386.deb
>> dpkg: error processing fai-kernels_1.6_i386.deb (--install):
>>  package architecture (i386) does not match system (darwin-powerpc)
>> Errors were encountered while processing:
>>  fai-kernels_1.6_i386.deb
>> Should I break the package apart and put things into place by hand or 
>> should I just --force it?
>> -- 
>> Today, today, each day I have waited for you.
>> And now do they not say you are strewn with the shells of Ishi river?
>> On Sep 23, 2004, at 3:54 AM, Nicolas Triantafillou wrote:
>>>> Can OS X use apt-get? If there's an apt repository for OS X the main
>>>> part may be already solved. The second questions is how to create a
>>>> minimal system, where we can chroot into. Debian is using 
>>>> debootstrap
>>>> for this, but what is OS X using? For Suse, RH and fedora there's a
>>>> project called mach (http://thomas.apestaart.org/projects/mach/) 
>>>> which
>>>> can build a chroot.
>>>> If we can not install OS X packages with apt-get, we have to adjust
>>>> the script install_packages.
>>> The fink project is used in OS X for installing a bunch of ported 
>>> unix software on OS X. It uses apt-get and dpkg to do this, so this 
>>> could possibly help solve some things. Getting that minimal system 
>>> may be difficult though, as the unix backend of OSX is ported from 
>>> FreeBSD.
>>> http://fink.sourceforge.net/ for more info.
>>> Nicolas.
> -- 
> Nicolas Triantafillou
> Computer Systems Officer
> Faculty of Informatics
> University of Wollongong
> Northfields Avenue,
> Wollongong, 2522
> Australia
> Phone:  +61 2 42215669

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