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Re: debian-installer on ppc64


> Mmm, maybe it should be possible to create a proper kernel package for
> your boxes, could you send me a .config file for a 2.4.22 kernel ? Will
> the standard linuxppc_2_4 tree do, or do you need special patches ?

We need to get the 64bit ppc cross compiler into debian, it sounded
like there are a few people working on this.

> Well, this would need the corresponding magic to be added arch-detect. I
> guess ppc64 uses ppc userland, right ? Could you provide us with the
> output of lspci ? Or maybe hack arch-detect yourself ?

Yes, almost all of our userspace is shared with ppc32. archdetect looks
to be doing the correct thing, on my ppc64 box it reports:


>From a quick look around one problem seems to be the output of 
udpkg --print-architecture. How does this (untested as of yet)
patch look?

diff -u -r1.44 udpkg.c
--- tools/udpkg/udpkg.c	2 Nov 2003 15:55:30 -0000	1.44
+++ tools/udpkg/udpkg.c	15 Nov 2003 06:29:26 -0000
@@ -61,6 +61,7 @@
         { "parisc", "hppa" },
         { "parisc64", "hppa" },
         { "ppc", "powerpc"},
+        { "ppc64", "powerpc"},
     if (uname(&name) < 0)

> Same as above, d-i doesn't support subarches yet. That said, parted
> should be available, and normally you should be able to use partitioner
> and/or autopartkit transparently. What partitioning scheme are your box
> using ?

It uses standard DOS partitions. I usually use fdisk to create them.

> Mmm, no idea about this one, maybe a special 2.6 kernel support for d-i
> would be nice to have, a bit like woody's boot-floppies supported 2.2
> and 2.4 kernels ?

As Christoph mentioned, calling it tmpfs should work across 2.4 and 2.6.


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