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Bug#241228: Oldworld from floppy, installing the kernel fails

On Fri, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:57:38AM +0200, Holger Levsen wrote:
> Hello all ;)
> > > Would it be possible to restrict use of "-powerpc-small" kernel to just
> > > the floppy with miboot?
> > Yeah, i am thinking of doing this, would be more reasonable for now. 
> me also thinks this is a good idea.
> > The
> > main idea was that it is better to use the same kernel for di as for the
> > final install, but this brings more problem than helps, at least for
> > now.
> yep. and didn't you say, the -small flavor only exists because of floppy 
> images ?

The idea was to use the same kernel, so things didn't suddenly stop
working, but yes, i will revert this.

> > Yeah. That said important drivers like reiserfs or xfs are built modular
> > right now, so ...
> yes, but ain't those drivers more important for data partitions not boot 
> partitions ?

Which doesn't stop users from mounting root as them, and then
complaining it doesn't work.

> another mail, same topic:
> >> Is there support for setting open firmware values in debian-installer at 
> the 
> >> moment ?
> >Not yet, but you are welcome to provide patches.
> We'll see, I will try to setup a d-i build this weekend or next week (should I 
> start with i386 or is it equally easy on powerpc?), but I've also got some 
> offline stuff todo...

It is triviela. Checkout the subversion tree, go to installer/build,
read the README, and launch the build, after having installed the build

That said, the open-firmware-setter would be something akin to the
yaboot-installer, so it would not really be a di build you need, but
create a new .udeb. To do this, look at nobootloader (minimal stuff) and
at yaboot/grub/lilo/whatever installer. But for the packaging we (i) can
help you. What is really needed on your part is to write the
tool/script/whatever, which will do the correct of values writing from
some to be defined set of data.


Sven Luther

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