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Bug#580714: debian-installer: build installer image for Buffalo Linkstation Pro/Live

On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:29 PM, Tim Small <tim@buttersideup.com> wrote:
> Old linkstation stock-firmware versions won't boot at all with this
> parameter removed - they won't boot the standard Buffalo Linux stuff
> thereafter either....

There definitely needs to be some kind of check in the script then to
prevent people from accidentally bricking their boxes.  It looks like
the Buffalo u-boot exposes a version in the BOOTVER environment
variable: 1.01 for the original firmware, 1.10 for the updated (1.15
or LSProV2) firmware.  We can easily check that in the script.  I'm
going to flash a few different bootloaders into my Linkstation to
verify that the BOOTVER does change.

Do you know what the precise effects are of using initrd= without the
size parameter?  As I understand it there is no form that allows us to
use initramfs with the old bootloader but if we can set it to
something that would still allow booting the Buffalo initrd that would
definitely be preferable.


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