Re: Loopback block device missing in hdinstall initrd?
On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 05:56:42PM +1100, Finn Thain wrote:
> > been trying to install etch-68k on a Powerbook 190. Kernel 2.6 that
> > comes on the netinstall iso image boots fine with ramdisk, xcept for
> > SCSI not working, so no CD-ROM drive. That's why I copied the iso to the
> > ide drive. The installer finds the iso there but can't mount it, tried
> > mounting manually and looks like there is no loopback block device in
> > the kernel. No module on the initrd either....Is there a way you could
> > include the loopback device driver (either in kernel or as module on the
> > initrd) for the hdinstall to work on scsi impaired 68k macs like mine?
> I'll let the debian guys answer that one since I don't know whether there
> is a special kernel for the installer kernel or not (?)
The installer kernel is the exact same kernel.
> I have a minimal config that I use for testing different machines, to
> limit RAM footprint and build time. It has sufficient features to run the
> debian installer, and boot from NFS and so on. It has the loopback driver
> built in. I've uploaded binaries for that and also binaries for a tweaked
> debian config at http://www.telegraphics.com.au/~fthain/linux-2.6.31/
> I based the latter config on linux-image-2.6.29-2-mac_2.6.29-5_m68k.deb at
> debian-ports.org. I found that it was bloated by a lot of options that are
> not needed on this platform -- Serial Attached SCSI, USB, PS2 and FF input
> devices, LEDS, TPM, drivers for embedded devices, Gb ethernet etc. There
> are also a few options like IO scheduler that I think would be better as
> What's the best way to fix this? Are the debian m68k configs derived from
> the debian x86 config or perhaps from upstream? The upstream mac_defconfig
> is much slimmer (though I've never tried to boot it).
It is indeed derived from the x86 config, but we can manually override
whatever we want. A better config would probably be a good goal for the
next kernel release, if someone felt sufficiently motivated.
Stephen R. Marenka If life's not fun, you're not doing it right!