I have posted along these lines before.
This time the recalcitrant machine is a SunBlade 100. I had at some point in the past managed to get it as far as a Debian testing install, but then it wouldn’t reboot (hung at various stages during the process). A correspondent who’d read the previous post suggested that I try appending
ide=nodma to the boot line (so in my case:
Linux ide=nodma at the SILO prompt). Worked like a charm. Splendid.
Unfortunately, I then messed up my
/etc/silo.conf trying to add this to the boot line so it would Just Work rather than requiring manual intervention at boot. Messed it up so badly that it - once again - won’t boot at all. (One of the morals of this story is: always run
/sbin/silo after making changes to
/etc/silo.conf - something which I had firmly in mind back in the days when I used LILO, but which has slipped out of awareness with the ascendence of GRUB.)
Even worse: reinstall won’t work either. Both Ubuntu and Debian etch get as far as the “Booting Linux” line and then hang silently (in either install or rescue mode). I’ve tried the various fixes on the previous post, but no dice. Any further suggestions gratefully received! It is a lovely big paperweight, mind.
Notes from my last post:
httrack was just the wiki backup I required, after I told it to ignore all pages including the word Special (i.e. all metadata / change record pages) as there were just too many of them and I don’t need them for emergency purposes.
httrack http://server.com/wiki/ -*Special*
does the job. Thanks to William for the comment!