Subject: Re: What's "Can't find /packages" mean?
To: Grey Wolf <>
From: Eduardo Horvath <>
List: port-sparc
Date: 09/06/2000 10:58:24
On Wed, 6 Sep 2000, Grey Wolf wrote:

> On Wed, 6 Sep 2000, Eduardo Horvath wrote:
> # On Tue, 5 Sep 2000, Greywolf wrote:
> # 
> # > Took out the 1GB Seagate and put in a 4GB Fujitsu.  "boot disk1 -s"
> # > returns "Can't find /packages".  "boot" returns "The file just loaded
> # > does not appear to be executable".
> # > 
> # > "boot disk2" also returns "Can't find /packages".
> # 
> # I presume this happens before the kernel manages to get loaded?
> Yep.
> The funny thing is that even when I switched sd@3,0 and sd@1,0, the disk
> that WAS sd@1,0 STILL fails with the same message!

Hm.  I suspect that your prom is hozed.  You can try `set-defaults' and
clearing out the nvramrc.  You can also try resetting the machine and
holding down L1-N or L1-D.  Also look in the nvram FAQ and see if it has
any suggestions for your vertion of the PROM.

> # `/packages' is an Open Firmware node that contains some utility things
> # like disklabel reading packages.  This exists on version 3.x OBP and
> # possibly on version 2.x OBP.  For instance:
> Yeah, I caught that after sifting through bits and pieces of memory
> pertaining to this information that I'd seen bandied about some time
> ago (.properties failed but .attributes ("Ah, _that_'s it!") worked, i.e.).

Eduardo Horvath