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Re: orion5x housekeeping

Dear Martin and others,

On 2015-12-31 00:51, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> I was looking at debian-installer and thought it would be good to see
> if there are maintainers (and if not, at least users) for the orion5x
> devices we supposedly support.


> Looking at debian-installer, I see support for:
> * Buffalo Kurobox Pro: I know various Debian people had these.  Are
> people still using these devices?  Is Debian working?  Is the
> installer working?

I can confirm that the Kurobox Pro is working fine with testing, with
kernels 3.16.x and with kernel 4.4.

It ceased to work for a brief period, but I was very busy with life in
general (a costly separation from my ex-wife, very serious health
problems with my mom etc.) and I just decided to hold the kernel at
3.16, while kernels 3.1{7,8,9} and early 4.x didn't work (had to use a
serial cable to revert to a working kernel).

Now, with kernel 4.4 and recent flash-kernel, everything is working fine.

I didn't test the installer, though. I may test it soon, depending on
availability of my time and interest from other people.

> Roger mentioned u-boot restrictions on the size of the kernel that we
> broke.  Does that apply to all Linkstation devices?  Do we have to
> drop support for all of them in stretch?

Given the way that the Kurobox Pro boots (namely, grabbing everything
from disk), I would expect fewer problems with it than with similar

Just to be sure, I changed /etc/initramfs-tools/initramfs.conf to have
the variable MODULES set to dep instead of most, which greatly reduced
the size of the initial ramdisk.

10243401	/boot/initrd.buffalo-3.16.7-ckt11-1+deb8u6
10171147	/boot/initrd.buffalo-3.16.0-4-orion5x
10164753	/boot/initrd.buffalo-3.16-3-orion5x
10084248	/boot/initrd.buffalo-3.14-2-orion5x
4396975	/boot/initrd.buffalo-4.4.2-3
4396975	/boot/initrd.buffalo
4323087	/boot/initrd.buffalo-3.16.7-ckt20-1+deb8u1
4288911	/boot/initrd.buffalo.bak
4288911	/boot/initrd.buffalo-3.16.7-ckt20-1+deb8u3

My last few kernel images have size:

1990840	/boot/uImage.buffalo-4.4.2-3
1990840	/boot/uImage.buffalo
1566456	/boot/uImage.buffalo-3.16-3-orion5x
1565904	/boot/uImage.buffalo-3.14-2-orion5x
1560904	/boot/uImage.buffalo.bak
1560904	/boot/uImage.buffalo-3.16.7-ckt20-1+deb8u3
1560880	/boot/uImage.buffalo-3.16.0-4-orion5x
1560528	/boot/uImage.buffalo-3.16.7-ckt20-1+deb8u1
1559632	/boot/uImage.buffalo-3.16.7-ckt11-1+deb8u6

Hope that, while late, this report might still find use.


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