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Re: Call for Debian Installer testing, before D-I Beta1 release

On Mon, Feb 04, 2008 at 08:34:54PM -0200, Otavio Salvador wrote:
> We're starting the work for D-I Beta1 release and we would like ask to
> everyone to test the installer as much as possible, especially in not
> so common architectures where we receive less general testing.


On Feb 9, I pulled the 150MB "net install" ISO image, burned a CD
and tested that today on my j6000 (hppa, aka parisc). Install
options selected were "/home" and used dhcp to config the network.
(I had to setup a dhcpd on my laptop, which was a NAT'd gateway).
Install succeeded and system rebooted to a 32-bit UP kernel.
(2.6.22-3-parisc #2 Mon Nov 12 20:42:16 CET 2007). This box only
has 2GB of RAM installed and 2 CPUs.
So despite ability to run 64-bit kernel,  32-bit kernel is fine.

SMP would have been appropriate though.  Installing SMP kernel is not
a critical issue. Folks can easily figure out how to install an SMP
kernel and SMP kernel might not be as stable for some configurations.
So leaving that to the user is fine with me. I just want to share how
detection might be implemented.

Kernel at boot time signals the additional CPUs in two ways:
Searching for devices...
Found devices:
6. Duet W+ at 0xfffa0000 [32] { 0, 0x0, 0x5d4, 0x00004 }
7. Duet W+ at 0xfffa2000 [34] { 0, 0x0, 0x5d4, 0x00004 }
8. Memory at 0xfed10200 [49] { 1, 0x0, 0x00a, 0x00009 }
Enabling regular chassis codes support v0.05
CONFIG_SMP=n  ignoring additional CPUs
CPU: probe of 34 failed with error 1

First, the probe failure and then the fact that multiple CPUs are listed.

Runtime test for the hppa installer might be to scrounge in
/sys/bus/parisc/devices for "hw_type" contains "0x00".

j6k:~# fgrep 0x00 /sys/bus/parisc/devices/*/hw_type       

> In the current timeline, we will stop to accept fixes for the
> installer in few days so any important issues need to be fixed _now_.
> You can find the latest installer, for your pet architecture, at
> http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ and if you find any
> issues file a installation report.

BTW, the "News" section of that web page needs love. :)

[21 Jul 2007] Support for sparc32 dropped
[20 Jul 2007] Experimental support for Serial ATA RAID

isn't exactly news anymore ;)

And this is my installation report. I didn't see any other guidance
on where/how to submit the installation reports.

> Thanks in advance and let's make Lenny the best release ever made!

thanks too!

> Cheers,
> Otavio Salvador
> on behalf of Debian Installer Team
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