Re: Partial success with bootstrapping mipsel
Martin Schulze wrote:
> this is a partial success report about bootstrapping a mipsel
This is a success report now. :)
> We've booted the machine using BOOTP/TFTP.
And entered the installer, yeah!!!
> The trick is to add the initial ramdisk directly to the kernel which
> is fetched via tftp. A "regular" mipsel box should be able to boot a
> 16MB kernel. Our initrd was 10MB large uncompressed, 2.9MB
The second trick is to kick mklibs.sh, reduced libraries didn't work,
non-reduced ones do work and size is no issue as long as we stay below
16MB for tftp.
> After booting, the kernel recognizes the compressed ramdisk image and
> boots it. Unfortunately afterwards busybox was hanging after it
> displayed its initial message "Busybox 0.xx booting ...". I guess
> there is some realistic hope to get the remaining integration done in
> time for woody.
This is fixed now.
Next step: fiddle with the keymap, do test installations to find out
if something else fails.
> For Anthony: Woglinde has walked a different path with an NFS-Root
> install which also works until a certain step, which also looks
> That means, that binary-mips has hope (Woglinde), and binary-mipsel
> has hope as well (Karsten).
Anthony, it would be nice if this would classify as sufficient for
inclusion of both architectures mipsel and mips in woody - unless
something else fails at a later stage, but that's an issue for the
Linux - the choice of a GNU generation.
Please always Cc to me when replying to me on the lists.