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Re: Debian PowerPc installer initramfs-tools generates malformed yaboot.conf created when alternate partitions use UUID= in fstab

Hi, there.

Just a quick status update. I am including debian-boot here. If any mailing list
should be dropped, just say so.

On 06/27/2010 10:01 PM, Rogério Brito wrote:
> On Jun 28 2010, Benjamin Cama wrote:
>> - maintenance of yaboot has always been "flacky" in the sense that
>> maintainers seem to get hopeless on the lack of interest/motivation
>> from powerpc devs/users
> That's one of the problems of using a less popular platform. :-(

I was just writing a small summary of what worked for me with GRUB2 on Debian
and I found out that our yaboot in Debian could be more up to date.

According to the Package Tracking System, the latest upload to the archives was
made in 2006 [1] and the yaboot people has progressed a little bit with the
sources available in a git repository. [2]

[1] http://packages.qa.debian.org/y/yaboot.html
[2] http://git.ozlabs.org/?p=yaboot.git

We could, perhaps, offer two boot loaders for NewWorld ppc machines in Debian
and phase out yaboot once we know that GRUB2 works fine. (That still leaves
those users of miboot and quik without good alternatives).

>> - there are currently no DD that care about powerpc problems (or we
>> could rather say that no people who care about PPC are DDs)
> We don't exactly need to have DD's to take care of the PPC problems.
> While that would make things easier, it is not a strict requirement, as
> long as one has a powerpc machine.

As Michel has told us, we don't strictly need DD's. I also would think that he
would not be completely opposed to sponsor uploads to some of the PPC-related

That being said, is there anybody in debian-boot that could say any word on the
status of the ppc bootloaders?

> My iBook G3 is currently having some weird issues (shutting itself down
> or freezing hard), and I suspect that it is due to heat.  I intend to
> get grub2 to work, once I get it to boot, though.

Just as the quick reminder, I was partially succesful with this and having a
familiar, flexible GRUB environment booting out of this machine was very nice.

The basic guidelines that I followed were those of Jörg Sommer [3], with a few

1 - you have to use grub-mkimage instead of grub-mkelfimage;
2 - you have to pass the kind of image that you want grub-mkimage to generate
with the -O switch;
3 - you still have to strip the 0 from "(hd0)" in the device map file that grub
creates, so that it can generate correct grub.cfg files for the boot time.

[3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2009/06/msg00064.html

So far, I am booting with grub2 by hand from Open Firmware, but that's just
because I didn't want to save the things to the nvram yet.

> Does yaboot FTBFS, apart from a powerpc 64 issue? That patch could be
> integrated, though, but I don't have any ppc64 machine to see if it
> makes sense.

Just for the record, upstream's yaboot already has this issue fixed [4].

[4] http://git.ozlabs.org/?p=yaboot.git;a=commitdiff;h=131e44


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