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Re: not releasing powerpc (Re: beta3 released)



On Mon, Mar 15, 2004 at 07:44:20PM -0500, Joey Hess wrote:
> Joey Hess wrote:
> > As soon as the web site rebuilds I'll send out the official release
> > announcement.
> > 
> > There turned out to be a lot of arch-specific errata, but hey, we added
> > 4 architectures this release! Whee! Plans from here will be largely
> > determined with what happens with the rest of the Debian release
> > process. Maybe a good target would be some updates in a week to fix
> > glaring problems like the lack of USB support on ia64. We should
> > probably plan more for short focused updates fixing specific problems,
> > rather than for a long development cycle like we had between beta2 and
> > beta3.
> 
> I've dropped powerpc entirely from beta3. Of the images we produced, the
> netinst CD images do not work for any powerpc subarch, because they
> don't have usable kernels on them. Also, the kernel images have a broken
> postinst that does not set up the /vmlinux symlink for yaboot. And

This is because kernel-package is utterly broken, and i had to severly
hack into it. Like said, Manoj won't consider the special case presented
by having separate modules and image in two .deb until after the sarge
release, so i have to hack around this. Keeping the symlink creation
thingy caused errors in the install, and d-i died horribly because of
it, since kernel-package is not debconfified, and it cannot work around
this minor brokeness.

> yaboot-installer hardcoded the path[1] to archdetect and gets it wrong, so
> that's also broken. For details, talk to Colin Watson.

So, yaboot-installer needs to be fixed, fixed path make more sense
anyway.

> Rather than say that beta3 supports only netboot and businesscard
> installs for prep and chrp, I've dropped the whole thing. If the powerpc
> people would like to release in a week, I suggest you get your act
> together and begin testing full installs on all powerpc subarches.

Ok. Still, there is no chance that the pmac subarch suddenly works, if
no one with pmac hardware does regular full installation cycles.

> (Also, the hurried yaboot-installer release made yesterday to fix *other*
> serious problems on powerpc was never actually committed to the CVS
> tree.)

Friendly,

Sven Luther



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