Updated installation images for Debian Ports 2019-04-20
I just uploaded updated installation images 2019-04-20 for the
following Debian Ports architectures:
I uploaded both CD images  as well as netboot images .
Please test those images and report back over the mailing list for
the corresponding architecture.
- There have been reports about missing firmware for storage devices.
The firmware required for these devices is located in the
"firmware-linux" and "firmware-linux-nonfree" packages but currently
don't have a floppy driver in debian-installer to load additional
firmware. I will figure out how to build CD images including firmware
similar to the images available for i386 and amd64.
- There have been reports about missing GPG keys during installation.
If you are seeing this issue, please provide me with the syslog,
information on your hardware, information on the image used and
a rough recap of what was done during install (normal vs. expert
This issue is most likely a bug specific to hppa as the issue doesn't
show on other architectures despite the fact that the missing key
would normally affect all architectures. I suspect a hack that
was added for hppa when the first CD images were built for Debian
Ports by the PA-RISC porters. I'll look into it.
- The kernel might be unstable during install
(try passing "hardened_usercopy=off" at the boot prompt,
e.g. "install hardened_usercopy=off").
- If the machine locks up during boot with a radeon GPU,
try passing "modprobe_blacklist=radeon nomodeset".
- The drivers for IDE hardware may have to be loaded manually, e.g.:
+ modprobe pata_gayle
+ modprobe pata_falcon
- There is no automatic installation of the bootloader yet,
users have to boot the kernel and initrd manually after
- The bootloader installation still defaults to Yaboot and
is being switched to GRUB for IBM POWER and PowerMacs,
please report any issues you find.
- Unfortunately, upgrading the GRUB package will currently
render PowerMacs unbootable. See this thread for more:
- On some machines, the fans might produce a lot of noise,
this can be addressed by manually the windfarm kernel
+ modprobe windfarm_core
- There is no CD image, installation has to be performed
using the debian-installer images.
- Currently supported targets are Renesas SH-7785LCR and
SH-7751R, the latter should be identical to qemu-sh4.
- debian-installer for sh4 is completely untested, please
test with QEMU and report back.
- The filenames for kernel and initrd still contain an
old 188.8.131.52 kernel version. This can be ignored.
- Installation over a serial console is currently broken
on sparc64 due to a bug in the rootskel package
(can also be considered a kernel bug), see: #926539.
Use any image before 2019-04-06 as workaround.
When reporting issues or bugs, please include the syslog
from your installation in the bug report/mail. The log
file can be access when switching to another console using
<Alt>+<Cursor> for normal installations or <Ctrl>+<a>+<n>
when installing over a serial console. I also need to know
what hardware was used, which installation steps (normal
vs. expert) and which image was used.
I am currently collecting bug reports but cannot push the fixes
immediately as the imminent Debian Buster release means that
debian-installer and components are effectively frozen.
>  https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/ports/2019-04-12/
>  https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/ports/debian-installer/
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