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Re: Status of debian-installer for the native ppc64 port


On 06-Jun-19 20:16, Sven Luther wrote:
> Ok. I am ready to work on this with you, can you give me details on what
> problems you did encounter and some kind of status report. 

the last time I tried to implement the cross-installation was
quite a while ago. I do not remember all the details of my

I tried to make a minimal change to the 32-bit installer which gave an 
extra '--arch ppc64' parameter to the debootstrap command. I also tried 
to implement an extra menu to select between the powerpc and the ppc64 
port on 64-bit machines. 

I did not get a working installation with this approach. There
were still many different problems with the ppc64 installation process 
in general at that time. Most of these problems were probably not related
to the cross-installation part. I had problems to boot the kernel,
problems with kernel module loading, with the handling of the
inofficial ppc64 package archive, with the selection of the correct
ppc64 kernel and with the installation of yaboot.

In the end I gave up and stopped working on that approach. A few month 
later I started again to work on the installer, but this time I tried to 
create a separate native ppc64 d-i port. This turned out to be pretty easy
and the resulting installer almost worked out of the box. 
So I did not return to the cross-installation idea.

> I will be away
> until thursday evening though, so it will have to wait for next WE.

I will also be away until Saturday.

> BTW, what hardware do you have access to ? Can you try booting :

I have access to a PowerMac G5 1.8 GHz. 

> Can you try booting :
>   http://people.debian.org/~luther/debian-installer-64bit-2

What kind of image is this? What would be the easiest way to boot it 
on my G5?

Andreas Jochens

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