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Re: linux-powerpc: booting from zip disk ?

Brendan J Simon wrote:

> OK this all sounds great, but I don't have any machines running Linux/PPC (I assume
> yaboot/ybin requires Linux/PPC but I might be mistaken).

yaboot is a small program to ease the interaction w/ OF, taking care of all of the
complicated and difficult parts (well, err, atleast cutting them down).  It is
independent of the distro.

> Can I create this boot zip disk from an i386 linux machine or MacOS ?

You will want to create the boot disk from w/in linux, as ybin (the easiest tool) is a
ppc linux binary.

> I'd prefer i386 linux as I do not want to install MacOS and waste the extra disk
> space.

All you need to do is literally put yaboot (ungziped) and a yaboot.conf (plain text
configuration file) with a kernel and the necessary install files (base.tgz, etc) on
the zip.  You will have to create the yaboot.conf file correctly.  Other than that,
you just boot into the OF prompt, start yaboot, and you're all set.  The boot disk is
merely an ease of use thing, you can easily manually start yaboot each boot....  (SuSE
has a neat OF installation package, but it's a macos disk image...)

There is a lot of yaboot/OF instruction and example yaboot.conf files on the list
archives (linuxppc-user is probably the one w/ the most...but that's just a guess)

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