Buster image ?

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drdr6
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Buster image ?

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I noticed that people have kindly worked on a Buster image for B3.
I picked up one of my old B3s with the intent of deploying it.
However the B3 is running Stretch and doesn't have mtd_utils installed, so don't think I can easily deploy the u-boot update.
The HDD is the original WD 1Tb model; can anyone tell me if the u-boot update is *required* to support a kernel > 2.6.39 ? If it is, can a stepwise upgrade be done through an intermediate version where I can get hold of mtd_utils?

thanks in anticipation
drdr6
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Re: Buster image ?

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I decided to give it a go. I have 3x B3 boxen, one of which I know has had the u-boot update, so I wasn't expecting to have a problem with that one.

Now they're all dead, and won't install an image. Install says it's done, blue light comes on, but LAN ethernet port both lights on even when no connection and WAN ethernet port no lights on, connection or not.

The reason seems to be that the HWclock is getting clobbered in the install process back to 2000, and then the install process fails because TAR sees the archive date as being in the future.

Ideas please? Short of wiring a serial terminal I can't see a way to reset the HW clock or get the install process to ignore the clock discrepancy at least until the image is properly installed and I have a chance to log in.
Gordon
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Re: Buster image ?

Post by Gordon »

The u-boot update is only required if you want to install a larger disk or one that uses newer firmware.

I'm not sure how you established that there is a hwclock issue, but it is not unlikely that it broke all together. It has on one of my B3s and I counter that by syncing the clock at boot time. One way to fix it is to start the install USB in rescue mode (https://wiki.excito.com/index.php?title=Rescue_System), set a valid date/time and then manually untar the payload file to the disk.
drdr6
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Re: Buster image ?

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I reasoned about the hwclock issue primarily from the string of error messages from tar in the installer log about dates being in the future.

After rebuilding rootfs.cpio.xz with the install script modified to say "tar -xmf <path>" so that tar ignores the clock, the install completes with no error (according to the installer log). The box boots after a normal period of disk activity to a blue LED, but the ethernet ports are both unresponsive. The LAN port has both LEDs on and the WAN port has both LEDs off; both ports will flash the activity light when connected to a host doing DHCP.

this happens on all three boxes; I know I updated uboot on one of them so it doesn't appear to be that as a problem. Anyone recognize this "both LEDs solidly on with the LAN port" issue?
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