Re: Debian installer [Was: Re: Support for amd64 on ftp.debian.org?]
On Mon, Apr 05, 2004 at 10:35:04PM +0200, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
> The 2.4 kernel doesn't have support for devfs on amd64.
> It looks like it's corrupting memory and therefor disabled.
> Because we don't have devfs support we can't mount the initrd.
Furthermore DI needs devfs in a couple of places, it was designed
around it. The partitioner for example uses it to find the disks.
Without devfs, DI simply is non-functional.
> We're now looking into using a 2.6 kernel for it, but have no
> idea if d-i is going to work with it in the first place.
Right now I am doing some stress tests with 2.6.5 and devfs (compile
kernels with make -j10 in a loop, one in 32bit mode and one in 64bit
mode in parallel) to see if something happens, after now 3 hours the system
is still alive (besides the load of ~20). Maybe more people can check if
there are problems, and test-drive 2.6.5 with devfs (do not forget to
It looks 2.6 is quiet mature on K8, but DI support for it is still on the
TODO list. At least a fresh svn update on my debian-installer sources shows
there actually is work being done in this direction, but so far only to
assure DI builds on a 2.6 host.
Expect a first try on a generic set of 2.6.5 kernels for k8 and k8-smp
(with pcmcia) for the end of the week.