Gentoo Install Over SSH



I’ll admit it up front: I’m a moron.

Before leaving for work, I did an emerge system.  I SSH’d in this afternoon to configure and make the kernel and do the other random stuff that must be done before the install is final.  For the record, I chose metalog as my system logger and vcron as my cron package.  Metalog looked a little more robust and higher performance than my other options.  I chose vcron cause the docs told me to.

I chose GRUB, just because I have not had issues with GRUB and LILO and I have had issues in the past.  (I managed to trash the family Pentium 60 a few times thanks to my ignorance and LILO.  I was in middle school at the time, so cut me some slack.)

Everything is ready to rock, so I unmounted everything and rebooted.  The machine didn’t come back up on the network.  I spent about 30 minutes trying to figure out which part of the install went wrong, what I could have done wrong or set incorrectly.

Then it hit me: There’s a boot CD in the CD-ROM drive and the BIOS is set to boot from CD first.  *SMACK*  I (hopefully!) have a functional system on that hard drive, I just can’t get to it.

Someone really needs to come up with a remote remove CD from CD-ROM over SSH protocol.