Re: qLogic and wheezy
On 15/06/2012, at 8:57 AM, Bill MacAllister wrote:
--On Thursday, June 14, 2012 03:28:18 PM -0400 Lennart Sorensen <email@example.com
On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 02:50:45PM -0700, Bill MacAllister wrote:
I would like to try creating a Debian Alpha install disk. For that
effort I tried to spin up a wheezy Alpha yesterday and hit a
The PWS has qLogic cards in it and that is where all of the disks
attached. It looks like the kernel module support is not there for
the qLogic cards, still. How do we work around that?
Though maybe I am doing it wrong. Here are the steps I followed.
1. Install lenny on the system
2. Modify sources.list to contain the following lines
deb http://ftp.debian-ports.org/debian/ unstable main
deb-src http://ftp.debian-ports.org/debian/ unstable main
3. dist-upgrade several times
That's a huge jump of versions all at once. I would have thought the
new fields in the packages would piss off the old dpkg version in
if nothing else.
It can be done. One installs Lenny, then upgrade to a 2.6.32 kernel
from lenny-backports, ah, no, that kernel needs lashings of patches
before it will work properly (Bill has such a kernel on his build
daemons). Then first upgrade to a Squeeze equivalent from
snapshot.debian.org (I think about early Feb 2011 should do it) ---
oh, upgrade udev first and reboot into the new kernel, then upgrade
the rest. Then upgrade to debian-ports unstable/unreleased.
I've done that about 6 months ago. Rather tedious and you will hit
problems along the way that will need some ingenuity to fix.
Yes, but there is no alternative that I know of.
And, yes, there is an alternative:
Use debootstrap from a working computer to install straight to unstable.
I meant to write up instructions on how to do that at the alphalinux
wiki. Instructions for i386 install by this method are at http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/apds03.html.en
which might be enough to get you started but there are Alpha
specific problems in the process which I have already solved, so I
will try to get Alpha instructions written up at alphalinux wiki this
BTW, I did respond to Bill about the firmware/kernel module support
problem but forgot to reply-all so it didn't come to the mailing
list. Basically one needs the firmware packages from the non-free
distribution which come from the non-free Debian distribution rather
than from Debian-ports.