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Re: Bug#572605: still present -- installation-reports: Sid d-i on PowerPC can not find driver for network interface

From: "Frans Pop" <elendil@planet.nl>
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 4:24 PM
To: <572605@bugs.debian.org>
Cc: "PowerPC List Debian" <debian-powerpc@lists.debian.org>; "CD List Debian" <debian-cd@lists.debian.org>; <luk@debian.org>; "Otavio Salvador" <otavio@debian.org> Subject: Re: Bug#572605: still present -- installation-reports: Sid d-i on PowerPC can not find driver for network interface

On Wednesday 24 March 2010, Rick Thomas wrote:
So how do we get this fixed?  If it really is a problem on the buildd,
who *can* fix it?  Is there a list somewhere of who is responsible for
which buildd?

I've already provided that info a few times. For the "centralized" D-I
buildds (which includes powerpc) Luk Claes and Otavio Salvador are the
persons who set up the buildds and who are AFAIK the only people who
currently have the access required to maintain the buildds.
I have seen no mails from them on the d-boot list requesting help with
that, so I can only assume they're still willing to maintain them
(although the evidence seems to indicate otherwise).

If it doesn't get fixed, there's not much point in claiming that
Debian supports PowerPC architecture...

Bullshit. I agree that it's a huge nuisance for testing and that the daily
builds really should be available, but the alpha1 release works just fine
(except for the known issues) and a next release will also not have this

For testing the current development status of the installer you could
always build your own images. It's not that hard.

Your point about "not supporting powerpc" is a gross exaggeration and to be
honest I'm getting pretty tired of your repeating that any time
*volunteers* don't jump quickly enough to your liking.

So far I've also not seen that much actual help with arch-specific D-I
development from the Debian powerpc community, despite repeated calls for
help from our side.


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AFAIK, the d-I powerpc images currently don't work. However, there are images for powerpc alpha which do work. The images that do not work are from before alpha1 was released. I had a similar problem with the pre alpha builds but my problem was the the network card couldn't be configured. I was not sure whether it couldn't find the drivers for the network card or not only knew that it would not configure the network card and that is where installation would come to a halt. This was fixed with the alpha1 builds. Unfortunately, I cannot help you with sid daily builds because the installation is unable to mount the cdrom driver once the installation starts. However maybe that has changed and will test a sid build and see if it can find the network drivers to install.
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