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Bug#69157: boot-floppies: boot-floppy creation fails on PowerPC

On Mon, Aug 28, 2000 at 02:43:11PM -0700, C.M. Connelly wrote:
>    ADC> *shrug*.  You can have more than one floppy disk.  For
>    ADC> instance, a parallel port or SCSI floppy.  You're being
>    ADC> too narrow in your focus.
> I think that you're being too general -- the installer in question
> is allegedly PowerMac specific.  Many PowerMacs don't even have
> *one* floppy, let alone two.
> There's nothing in the dialogs or the documentation to suggest
> that the floppy drive in question is anything but a built-in 3.5"
> 1.44 MB floppy drive.  The installer clearly tries to use
> /dev/floppy, and doesn't provide you with an opportunity to tell
> it to use some other device.

Perhaps it would if you had more than one.

>    Me> ``Creating a boot floppy is still not possible for
>    Me> PowerPC/PowerMac''
>    Me> 
>    Me> It isn't?  Then why does the installer waste our time
>    Me> pretending that it was?
>    ADC> Because the installer runs on other powerpc architectures
>    ADC> which are less proprietary and have proper floppy support.
> You can install Debian on an IBM RS6000 using the PowerMac
> installer disk?  I doubt it.

You're right in that it should not ask the option.  But it is the same
compiled program used for both - even just using the powermac rescue
disk would almost certainly work.


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