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Re: Tracking sarge

Kurt Yoder <ktydeb@richard-group.com> writes:

>> Alice Stamping <alstamp@gmail.com> writes:
>> > Hello guys.
>> >
>> > Hopefully a quick question.
>> >
>> > I would like to use some AMD Opteron kit in production with Debian.
> I
>> > don't, therefore, fancy tracking unstable with these boxes. :)
>> >
>> > I want to track sarge with these computers.  Is it possible to :
>> >
>> >  - install Debian Sarge from the i386 iso
>> yes
>> >  - using make-kpkg build a 64-bit kernel on the newly installed box
>> > for the AMD 64 bit platform.
>> Not comfortably.
>> apt-get install kernel-image-2.6-amd64-<tab>
>> kernel-image-2.6-amd64-generic  kernel-image-2.6-amd64-k8-smp
>> kernel-image-2.6-amd64-k8       kernel-image-2.6-amd64-xeon
> I did this last week and ran into trouble. I could no longer use the
> iptables binary, though the module was loading fine. I also was unable
> to install new kernels because something about the initrd installer
> didn't like the new 64-bit kernel. 

The iptables problems is known. You need a 64bit iptables.

The initrd on the other hand should work. What was the error?

> From what I'd read in previous threads on this list, I got the
> impression that "mix and match" using 32 bit user-space and 64-bit
> kernel would not work. I had actually planned to reinstall using the
> amd64 Debian installer. So if my understanding is incorrect and it is
> indeed possible to use a 64-bit kernel and 32-bit user-space, I'd like
> to know about it...

It is possible with some glitches, like iptables or alsa not having a
32->64 bit translatio layer.


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