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Re: Bug#705118: debian-installer: FTBFS on armhf: Unable to locate package nic-modules-3.2.0-4-mx5-di

On Sun, 2013-04-14 at 23:41 +0200, Aurelien Jarno wrote:
> Sorry to answer late, I only have been able to test it now.
> Unfortunately the vexpress image is now broken, due to this change:
> |  * Replace nic-modules with nic-{usb,wireless}-modules in armhf netboot
> |    images (Closes: #705118)
> nic-modules is still needed on vexpress as it provides the module for
> the on-board NIC. 

Since any system with external USB ports should be able to work with
arbitrary USB Ethernet controllers, I added nic-{usb,wireless}-modules
packages and removed the USB modules you originally specified in
nic-modules.  In the case of mx5 this left nic-modules empty, and I
removed it, but for vexpress there was that one module left, smsc911x.

Unfortunately I then removed nic-modules from the installer for *both*
flavours instead of just mx5.

I just tried adding smsc91xx back into the current daily netboot initrd
and it seems to work in QEMU (up to the point where the installer finds
I didn't attach a disk).

By the way, given that the majority of users for the vexpress flavour
will be running it in QEMU rather than a real Motherboard Express
(they're expensive!), is it possible to support an alternate model like
virtio_net that may be emulated more efficiently?


Ben Hutchings
It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

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