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Re: failure installing emdebian grip powerpc on ibook

I'm just using my G3 iBook as an emdebian test bed :)

I noticed that grub-of (grub-ieee1275) exists for open-firmware machines. I have never used it and don't know if it works on powerpc macs - I assume it does ???

Yaboot in emdebian repo will be good :)  hfs-utils also.

I am now reverting to the easy method now - installing base debian and then dist-upgrade to grip :)

Neil Williams wrote:
On Sun, 21 Dec 2008 09:10:34 +1100
Brendan Simon <Brendan@BrendanSimon.com> wrote:

Another issue for powerpc is that yaboot does not seem to be in the grip repository. Yaboot is a bootloader for "newworld powermacs" - all powerpc macs that use openfirmware.

I have a powerpc mac, I know about yaboot.

This does not apply for intel based macs which can use grub-efi. powerpc macs can not use grub.

Powerpc macs like the iBook had reasonable hard drives and support
expansion fairly easily - they are not usually described as embedded.

Is emdebian going to worry about boot-loaders ???
    grub, yaboot, uboot, etc ???

grub already exists:

(When searching, ensure you select the appropriate architecture if a
package only exists on certain architectures - the default is ARM which
doesn't use bootloaders at all.)

See: http://lists.debian.org/debian-embedded/2008/12/msg00023.html


Emdebian Grip is a filtered repository - packages have to be added
explicitly, then their dependencies. This has a huge bonus at runtime
because the dpkg and apt database is far, far smaller than any Debian
system (about 100 times smaller currently).

I've added yaboot though.

em_autogrip: INF: adding source package to locale using reprepro
Exporting indices...
em_autogrip: INF: adding powerpc packages to grip using reprepro
Exporting indices...

I either have to install yaboot manually, or specify a debian repository with a lower priority than emdebian. Can that be done if using the same disto (eg. unstable ?).


Maybe I will specify testing for the debian repo and unstable for the emdebian repo.

Later on, I'll get the emdebian-grip package uploaded to the Emdebian
Grip repository so that you can download and grip any package you like.
Indeed, I'm thinking of splitting emdebian-grip out of the
emdebian-tools source package to make this easier.

To do that, I need to make some more improvements in the emdebian-grip
package, hence the testing.
Of course, as you mention, doing a proper debian install first, then dist-upgrade to emdebian is the other way. It's an probably easier process, but conceptually would be good to avoid :)

One step at a time.

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