Bug#319823: Bug#319878: kernel-image-2.6-686: the entire range of 2.6 debian kernels do not install on m/cs with <= 48mb RAM
On Mon, Jul 25, 2005 at 12:03:48PM -0700, Matt Taggart wrote:
> Sorry for the previous terse replies to your bug reports #319878 and #319823.
> The debian-kernel team gets a lot of email/bugs and sometimes is quick to
> response/close bugs without a lot of explanation.
*sigh* yeh i know. used to do that for samba mailing lists if i got
too many in a day...
> I think what horms was trying to say was that your bug report listed 2.6.5 as
> the kernel version you were reporting against and that Debian no longer
> supports that kernel. Your second bug report seems to indicate that you've
> tried 2.6.5-12 so that answers that question.
no, i don't believe i've ever installed 2.6.5 - i do not know where
that version number comes from.
i raised the bug against the 2.6-686 package _not_ a specific version
of the 2.6 kernel.
> The debian-kernel team could use your help in tracking down the problem. Have
> you google'd to see if others are having the problem and have found a solution
> (maybe another distro has solved this?)? Can you try, as horms suggested, to
> fix it yourself and then let the debian-kernel team know how to fix it so they
> can try, if possible, to integrate the fix in the generic kernels?
will give that some thought.
> I agree with your comment about 2.6 requiring a lot of memory, I guess this is
> the price we pay for supporting more hardware. Maybe there's a solution that
> would allow for modular ramdisks or something so that you wouldn't need so
> much memory if you didn't need all the drivers? Or maybe a special low-mem
> kernel maintained by the people who needed it?
> I think at some point the only way of supporting such hardware will be to stay
> on old releases. You might already have trouble running
> dselect/apt-get/aptitude on a box with 48mb.
apt-get runs fine (but phil hands runs apt-get on a really
badly designed P90 machine and it takes forrreeeevvvveeerrrrr
like twenty minutes to run apt-get update! )
i've never used dselect or aptitude so i couldn't tell you there.