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Re: Reducing the number of kernels

On Fri, Jul 30, 2004 at 10:09:50AM +0200, Jens Schmalzing wrote:
> Hi,
> Andreas Barth writes:
> > Currently, we have the following kernel versions:
> >        alpha  arm  hppa  i386  ia64  m68k  mips  powerpc  s390   sparc
> > 2.4.19         P
> > 2.4.21                                                    R(*)
> > 2.4.24   R
> > 2.4.25         R     R     R     R     R    R               R
> > 2.4.26   K     K     K     K     K     K    K      *        K      K
> >        alpha  i386  ia64  powerpc
> > 2.6.3                 P
> > 2.6.4                 R
> > 2.6.5    R
> > 2.6.6    *      R     R      R
> > 2.6.7           K     K      K
> There are also 2.4.25 and 2.6.5 for powerpc.
> > * If I understood it right, Sven suggested to drop 2.4 for powerpc.
> Doing this right now is a very bad idea.  Mind if I upload 2.4.26
> powerpc packages?

Like said, this is not what i suggest. I have 2.4.26 packages, but they are
utterly screwed in the arch/ppc/boot stuff. I would rather upload them myself
though, not sure. One idea was to move them to your build system, but i would
still prefer to have them not modular, since they provide an alternative for
the subarches which are not happy with the initrd way, and it is too late to
modify the 2.4 initrd stuff by now anyway, but we could stay with 2.4.25 for
d-i maybe.

I will upload the current stuff to svn, and try to work on the issues (or
maybe ask for Christoph's help) this weekend.

Another solution would be to drop the 2.4 -benh patches, and go directly with
the linuxppc-2.4 tree. Since all machines which needed the -benh patch set
should be using the 2.6 kernels anyway, this may be a good idea, but may mean
less support in 2.4 d-i. I have moved the d-i to be 2.6 kernel by default on
all but the apus and oldworld/miboot arches. apus doesn't work anyway, and
well you know about oldworld/miboot.

Christoph, Benh, Jens, what do you think about reverting the 2.4 kernels to
use the linuxppc-2.4 tree over the -benh one ? In particular i would like to
have your feedback on this, Benh.


Sven Luther

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