Bug#463765: debian-installer: Installer offers to install "grub" bootloader on PowerPC. Why?
On Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 02:51:08PM +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Sunday 03 February 2008, Robert Millan wrote:
> > I'm not familiar with this part; could it be that we just need to adjust
> > XB-Installer-Menu-Item in yaboot-installer ?
> From installer/doc/devel/menu-item-numbers.txt:
> 7000 apt-setup
> 7300 palo-installer (hppa)
> grub-installer (i386)
> yaboot-installer (powerpc/powermac_newworld, powerpc/chrp*)
> quik-installer (powerpc/powermac_oldworld)
> zipl-installer (s390)
> arcboot-installer (mips)
> delo-installer (mipsel)
> silo-installer (sparc)
> vmelilo-installer (m68k/vme*)
> glantank-installer (arm/iop32x)
> 7500 lilo-installer (i386)
> 7600 elilo-installer (ia64, i386)
> 7700 nobootloader (all)
> Looking at that there are two options:
> - change grub-installer from 7300 to 7400
> - change yaboot-installer from 7300 to 7200
> Both will work, but not sure which is to be preferred. I guess the first
> option is most straightforward.
I agree, this seems better as it'll also handle similar situations in the
future (GRUB is extending arch support quickly ;-)).
> And that would still leave powerpc/powermac_oldworld. AFAICT grub should not
> be installable for that. Which also reminds me that you did not really
> address this question:
> > Also, if only some subarchitectures are supported, grub-installer should
> > at least check for those (but I'm not sure that you can check for just
> > pegasos/efika).
> Preferably, grub should not be offered for _any_ powerpc systems it does not
> support. Looking at libdebian-installer/src/system/subarch-powerpc-linux.c,
> the only subarch where grub should be installable is powerpc/chrp_pegasos,
> so it looks like this could easily be solved in grub's debian/isinstallable
> Please post patches (including changelog entry) to the list before
Here's a patch based on your advice. Unfortunately I can't test it, because
my Efika died. Hopefully someone else can.
Anyway, if this becomes a problem we can just remove "powerpc" from arch list
untill someone with working hardware is willing to maintain it. I'm sorry
that I can't (the PSU didn't like Europe).
<GPLv2> I know my rights; I want my phone call!
<DRM> What use is a phone call… if you are unable to speak?
(as seen on /.)
--- installer/doc/devel/menu-item-numbers.txt (revision 51170)
+++ installer/doc/devel/menu-item-numbers.txt (working copy)
@@ -59,7 +59,6 @@
7300 palo-installer (hppa)
- grub-installer (i386)
yaboot-installer (powerpc/powermac_newworld, powerpc/chrp*)
@@ -68,6 +67,7 @@
+7400 grub-installer (i386, powerpc/chrp_pegasos)
7500 lilo-installer (i386)
7600 elilo-installer (ia64, i386)
7700 nobootloader (all)
--- packages/arch/i386/grub-installer/debian/control (revision 51170)
+++ packages/arch/i386/grub-installer/debian/control (working copy)
@@ -10,6 +10,6 @@
Architecture: i386 hurd-i386 amd64 kfreebsd-i386 kfreebsd-amd64 powerpc
Depends: cdebconf-udeb, kernel-installer, created-fstab, di-utils (>= 1.15), di-utils-mapdevfs, os-prober, partman-utils
Description: Install GRUB on a hard disk
--- packages/arch/i386/grub-installer/debian/isinstallable (revision 51170)
+++ packages/arch/i386/grub-installer/debian/isinstallable (working copy)
@@ -34,6 +34,12 @@
+ log "GRUB not yet installable on PowerPC-based platforms other than Pegasos/Efika"
+ exit 1