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Re: testing wanted: debian-installer, now with 2.6.15

On Thu, Feb 23, 2006 at 01:27:30PM -0800, phusg wrote:
> Harmon Seaver wrote:

> >>As of two days ago, the debian-installer svn tree has been switched to use
> >>Linux 2.6.15 exclusively on alpha, instead of the previous 2.4.27.  This
> >>means that with the most recent daily builds, all installer images for
> alpha
> >>are using 2.6 kernels *only*, and the current plan is that d-i beta2 will
> be
> >>the same.  If you haven't tried 2.6 on your alpha yet, now would be a good
> >>time so you can let us know if it doesn't work before we drop 2.4 for etch
> >>completely.

> >>http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
> >>http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/alpha/iso-cd/debian-testing-alpha-netinst.iso
> >>http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/alpha/iso-cd/debian-testing-alpha-businesscard.iso
> >>http://people.debian.org/~vorlon/d-i/alpha/daily/

> >    Well, this doesn't boot on mulitas. Not on mine, at least, and it's
> > got 256mb ram, if that makes any difference. I sure wish this problem
> > would get fixed in future releases.

> I'd love this too. I've got a multia (or three!) lined up and waiting for a
> Debian stable installation, but I can't boot off the sarge install CD. I do
> get a couple of soft errors when reading from my SCSI CDROM before aboot
> kicks off, but it only hangs when aboot starts the kernel with arguments...

> My multia has 64MB ram if that makes a difference.

> Also I'd prefer a CD image as my DHCP server isn't set up for BOOTP/TFTP
> ethernet installation (or whatever) I only have samba shares ;-)

Well, I'm afraid I'm just about done putting time into this issue unless
someone can give me a pointer to where the problem is, or donate a Multia to
me to work on directly; there's just too much ground to cover, with *both*
kernel updates *and* aboot updates breaking the images, for me to try to
sort it out when I don't have one of these boxes at hand.

> Also it would be great if the milo images could be included again.

This can only happen if someone steps forward to maintain a milo package for
Debian, which, because MILO is derived from the Linux kernel and therefore
covered under the GPL, means getting MILO to build from source on a modern
Debian system.  I don't have any Alpha kit that's using ARC, so I'm not
interested in doing this; if I'm going to play around with dead code from my
youth, I'd rather it be em86. :)

> I also have an XLT which doesn't have SRM that I'm trying to install Linux
> on. The furthest I've got is installing woody but then upgrading the
> kernel (to 2.4 or 2.6) doesn't work for me (although this could likely be
> my incompetence).

I have no experience with the XLT.  The usual problem reported with newer
kernels not booting is the LEGACY_START_ADDRESS setting, but google suggests
that the XLT is one of the systems for which this setting *needs* to be
enabled, so it wouldn't be that.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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