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Bug#787794: lifimage fails to successfully boot on hppa

Helge Deller <deller@gmx.de>:
> On 05.06.2015 08:08, ⁣ ⁣ wrote:
>> Date: Sat Jul 04 13:03:37 CET 2015
> You seem to be ahead of time :-)
>> Machine: HP712/100
> Hmm, your bug #302700 mentions a HP715/100XC machine.
> Do you have both or is it a mistake?
> If you have both machines, does it happens on both?
> How are you booting? Via tftpboot, or via CDROM ?

Its the 712/100. 302700 is not my bug, that's just the one most
similar I could find (HP SDC error messages too).
I'm booting lifimage via tftpboot.

>>> From images at http://ftp.debian-ports.org/debian-cd/hppa/
>> debian-8.0/lifimage 13.8M
>> debian-7.0:
>> lifimage 13.2M
>> lifimage.latest 13.2M
>> lifimage.old 19.1M
>> only lifimage.old is able to boot on a subject machine. Other bring it
>> into an endless "HP SDC: Transaction add failed: transaction already
>> queued ?" print loop.
> The main reason for the huge difference is size is because the kernel
> in the old image is uncompressed and in the newer ones it's gzip-compressed.
> Of course they could be different kernel versions, but usually all should
> work.
>>  Sure the installation was still possible via
>> that lifimage.old with some tinkering, but how long it will be hosted,
>> and how long it will be suitable?
> I see no reason why I should delete them.
> But if the old image is the one which boots for you, I could definitively
> keep it until your problem is solved.
>> Looking at the image sizes... Perhaps something ramdisk size related?
> No, it's the kernel compression.

Thanks for clearing it out!

>> Is it a way to fix, or what is the current workaround method for
>> loading other images?
> We should try to narrow down the reason for your problem.
> I do have a 715/64 myself, and AFAICR all those images do work on my
> machine.
> Did you checked if you run the lastest firmware on your machine?

Yes, it seems to run the latest firmware.

>> Quite related ancient bug:
>> https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=302700
> I don't see any similar issues on all my machines.
> Do you have a chance to capture the boot logs via serial console and attach
> them ?

Unfortunately I'm not will be able to hook to the COM port any time soon...

Actually, if it works on your machines, including 715/64 (which is
similar to 712 as I see), that's looks more like issue with my
particular hardware.
Thanks for the help, and I'm not going to take your time with this
anymore. My initial thought was that no one still test PARISC Linux on
an ancient PARISC hardware, but its seems that this assumption is
wrong :-) I'm already more than happy with that it was possible to
install Linux on a hardware like this.

> Helge

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