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Re: new installer

On Fri, Oct 03, 2003 at 03:13:10AM -0800, Ethan Benson wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 03, 2003 at 12:41:19PM +0200, Sven Luther wrote:
> > 
> > So what this boils too, is that for old-world pmac support, there is not
> > much to be done :
> > 
> >   1) Kernel : create one more kernel-image udeb, which contains a
> >   compressed vmlinux udeb for miboot.
> > 
> >   2) boot-loader installer : someone write a proper quik-installer, and
> >   this one gets called on pmac hardware.
> > 
> > As for the pre-boot stuff, there is three ways of booting that need to
> > be documented (mostly done in the woody install documentation) and we
> > need to build the stuff needed by the user.
> > 
> >   1) miboot booting : needs to get the kernel from the
> >   kernel-image-pmac-miboot udeb, or gzip the one from the
> >   kernel-image-pmac, and create two floppy images of it and the initrd.
> > 
> >   2) bootx install : just put the standard pmac kernel and the initrd
> >   somewhere together with documentation on how to get bootx.
> > 
> >   3) serial OF install : uses the .coff kernel, need to create an udeb
> >   using it.
> pretty much.


> > I will create the needed stuff from the kernels, i would like someone
> > with oldpmac hardware to confirm that by just compressing the vmlinux
> > kernel and putting it on a miboot floopy it will work though.
> there is no need to confirm it, this method has been used in
> boot-floppies for years, since before potato was released.

Mmm, ok. I still wonder what the miboot.image is though, i will go and
read the kernel sources, but i guess it is easier that way.

> > Someone else need to do the quik-installer though, and well, the
> > pre-boot stuff is not all that difficult.
> quik-installer is moderatly complicated if you want to do it right, it
> needs to depend on yaboot since yaboot provides ofpath.

I have no intention to do a quik-installer, since i don't have the
hardware, so i guess that someone else caring about oldworld pmac will
have to step forward and do this. I think it is not much work, at least
not from a programmation standpoint, so maybe Simon with your help would
be the ideal candidate for that ?


Sven Luther
> -- 
> Ethan Benson
> http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/

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