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John Nowak
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 6:13 am    Post subject: Installing Gentoo on an external firewire drive? Reply with quote

Hi there. I would like to install Gentoo on the external firewire drive I have for my Powerbook. I have previously tried to do this with CRUX without luck. A quick search of the forum yielded no answers. Does anyone know if this is possible?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might be helpful:
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=116380&highlight=firewire
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I'll try and figure out what it is that thread is telling me to do. :-) This is my first Linux attempt... the failed CRUX one not withstanding...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm running Gentoo on an external firewire disk plugged to an ibook G3 600Mhz ... Works like a charm. (the device I'm using is Oxford 911
based)

Quote:

# env LC_ALL=C df -kH
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda4 16G 5.4G 9.7G 36% /
/dev/root.old 3.1M 946k 2.0M 33% /initrd
none 197M 0 197M 0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda6 22G 1.5G 19G 8% /mnt/archives


I installed Gentoo through the 2004.2 live CD and ever since
keep up to date all the programs through emerge.

I'm still running kernel 2.6.7 but will try 2.6.9 soon (will have to try bootsplash too).
The tricky parts were not forgetting some kernel options for
firewire/ramdisk, creating the ramdisk correctly and specifying the device path in yaboot.conf ...
:D

Don't hesitate to ask if you need some help ...
Mention the problem(s) and I will try to write "an howto"
step by step ...

PS : the latest Mandrake PPC installs easily on external firewire disks.
There is progress on firewire support (since kernel 2.6.5 ...).
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for offering your help. I'll let you know if I have any difficulties!
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