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Re: Status of boot-floppies on Alpha?



On Tue, Oct 12, 1999 at 04:25:24PM +0200, Falk Hueffner wrote:

> David Huggins-Daines <dhd@eradicator.org> writes:
> 
> > I'm wondering who is currently working on boot-floppies for Alpha at
> > the moment and what tasks need to be done.  I have the checked-out
> > CVS tree but I actually haven't tried to build them yet - I will do
> > so shortly.

  Good to see people trying to build boot-floppies for Alpha.

> I have also tried this; I found some minor (and some major) problems.

  Are you a debian developer?  Then you can commit changes yourself.
  If not I'll be happy to apply them for you.

>  static void loadnewfont(int fd);
> -static char *malloc();

  Eww!

> I'm not sure lowmemrd is really needed for Alpha anyway... Were there
> alphas at any time with < 16 MB RAM? The lowest I've ever heard was
> 32.

  Nod.  You can drop lowmem support.

> The stuff for building the different rescue kernels seems to be
> missing, right?
> 
> I really wonder if building ~10 different rescue disks is needed at
> all since newer kernels have a 'generic' target. The help says it will 
> run on any supported system, only slower. Well, people will compile
> their own kernel anyway so that shouldn't be a problem.

  I don't know much about alpha's, but this sounds reasonable.
  Anyone?

> So I suggest we try to find out whether using generic kernels could be 
> used and then convert the Makefile to do so. Since there seems to be
> no kernel-image package for Alpha, one could require a kernel source
> to be lying around and copy the config there.
> 
> Well, building root.bin seemed to work (after I noticed I have to
> install ash...), but if I chroot into it I get
> 
> /bin/sh: error in loading shared libraries: /bin/sh: symbol sys_siglist, version GLIBC_2.1 not defined in file libc.so.6.1 with link time reference

  You can turn off library reduction for now (afaik i386 is the only
  arch on which library reduction works currently?).  See rootdisk.sh,
  and look for 'reduction'.

  Cheers,

         Marcel

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