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Re: compiling a bootable kernel for ia64 (itanium2, mckinley, rx2620)

On 02/05/2018 01:56 AM, Ivan Zakharyaschev wrote:
> Now that we know how to build a bootable kernel for such machines as ours (rx2620 with Madison CPU) and probably Daniel Kasza's rx2600, can such an update be
> published for wheezy?

No, it's not possible to publish any such updates for Wheezy on ia64 as
this architecture is not part of the LTS program:

> https://wiki.debian.org/LTS

> Perhaps, an additional variant of linux-image-mckinley built with gcc-4.4 (4.4.7) present in wheezy? As a workaround for this bug.

We are currently bootstrapping Debian buster/sid for ia64 with about 9500
packages out of 12000 packages already being built. I don't see any reason
to provide kernel updates for Wheezy given these circumstances.

> And what about an updated installation image?

Not for Wheezy. I will create one for Debian buster/sid once I find the time
though. But that won't happen before the package src:linux has been fixed
on ia64 so that it builds on the buildds.

> So that people trying to install Debian on such a machine would succeed not only of they take the Debian 6
> (squeeze) image (which is definitely not the first thing they would try when searching for an installation image), but so that Debian 7 (wheezy) images (more
> likely to be found by them) would work for them, too.

I don't want to encourage people to install software which has been long out
of support. People should either wait for the new installation images for
buster/sid or use some of the workarounds suggested by other people in this


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