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Re: PowerPC request for Help

CCing debian-boot since that is the best place for having this kind of
discussion. None of them regularly reads debian-powerpc.

On Sat, May 06, 2006 at 06:55:36AM -0400, Daniel Dickinson wrote:
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> Hi,
> I'm interested in actually contributing to d-i (finally), and I noticed
> that you've put out a request for the PowerPC architecture.  As I only
> have a single StarMax 3000/160 I probably can't help with the entire
> arch, but I can help with Old World Mac (and clones, obviously, since
> the StarMax is a Motorola mac clone from the period when apple gave
> there blessing to such endeavours).  I have a fair level of script and
> C knowledge, but no experience with kernel, or deb/udeb packaging.  I
> have been working on boot disks for i386 (from scratch, and I don't
> mean cookbook LFS-type from scratch), so I have a fairly good
> understanding of the linux boot process (though I still have to
> learn mac-specific parts).
> (In fact I am trying to solve a d-i
> problem for getting floppies with 2.6 kernels, within the d-i way; so
> far I've gotten it to work non-d-i by using the ramdisk_xx kernel
> parameters, but I haven't yet managed to get a small enough initramfs).

What is wrong with the miboot d-i floppies for oldworld ?

Actually one of the work that needs doing is to get the miboot floppy set in
shape. the root floppy seems fine, but afterward there is some awkward things
happening that could benefit from someone with your skills.

Have you managed to build d-i already ? Please try it, it is not so difficult,
and the instructions are linked out from :


Please do a checkout, and try building it, and once you have done that, i
would be pleased to guide you toward the actual floppy stuff (mostly in
pkg-list/<image-name>/powerpc or so).

> I would be best able to help with a more experienced mentor, and
> probably my initial role would be (on Old World PPC Macs & Clones) to
> test the installer regularly (weekly, semiweekly, daily?), tracking
> installation reports, and reproducing, tracing, and (where knowledge
> allows) resolving bugs.
> I probably am not in a position to do the daily builds, since the
> machine I would be testing the installer on is the only PPC I've got.

This has been taken care of, and i am still letting mine run as backup in

> If you think I could be of assistance, please let me know.  I am
> subscribed to the list, but a CC wouldn't hurt.

Ok, done. debian-boot is the place you want to be for this though.


Sven Luther

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