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Re: [alpha] Debian 9.0 NETINST fails

Dear Bob,

sorry, looks like I missed your mails to the debian-alpha list until now.

On 11/2/18 19:56, Bob Tracy wrote:
Additional info...  Frank Scheiner reported similar badness on his PWS
back in March of 2017.  See the "debian-alpha" archive link:


Executive summary: SMP 4.x kernels work fine, but the generic Debian
kernel does *not* (or at least didn't at that time).

I can confirm this. I don't remember exactly when I tried the Debian 9 Sid installer image with 4.x generic kernel provided by Adrian, but I remember that it produced the same result, i.e.:

halted CPU 0

halt code = 5
HALT instruction executed

I believe since then no newer installer image for Alpha was produced.


As a workaround, could it work to netboot the matching stock SMP kernel (4.9.0-3) with the netboot installer initrd from [1]? I don't know how to extract the initrd from the `netabootwrap`ed image though.

Or could it work to netboot the SMP kernel with the cdrom installer initrd from [1] and the installer CDROM in the CDROM drive?

[1]. http://ftp.ports.debian.org/debian-ports/pool-alpha/main/d/debian-installer/debian-installer-images_20170615_alpha.tar.gz


Other approach: as per [2] hppa for example uses two kernels. So could we just change [2] for alpha to also include the SMP kernel, with e.g. that patch:

--- debian/installer/kernel-versions	2018-11-06 13:30:54.152319148 +0100
+++ debian/installer/kernel-versions-new	2018-11-06 13:31:38.992320296 +0100
@@ -1,5 +1,6 @@
 # arch     version flavour       installedname suffix build-depends
 alpha      -       alpha-generic -             y      -
+alpha      -       alpha-smp     -             y      -
 amd64      -       amd64         -             -      -
 arm64      -       arm64         -             -      -
 armel      -       marvell       -             y      -

...and the installer images will also include the SMP kernel?

[2]: https://salsa.debian.org/kernel-team/linux/raw/master/debian/installer/kernel-versions


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