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Re: Debian network installation on IBM RS/6000 44P-170 (POWER3) - HOWTO

Hi Rolf,

(And apologies to everyone else as this isn't the mailer I like to use... it does WEIRD stuff.... like this...

In theory if you are using the CHRP config as provided in the kernel sources, you should end up with a working kernel.  Same goes for PReP.

The key step tho is to use 2.4 based sources like the _2_4  in bitkeeper.

You shouldn't need a zImage.initrd the yaboot approach should work. (Just installed Woody on my TiPB and that worked rather well)

I plan to install my 270 using Rolf's instructions so if I run into anything, I'll certainly hollar!

Hakuna Matata

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From:        Rolf Brudeseth on 08/05/2002 01:55 PM

To:        "Chris Tillman" <tillman@voicetrak.com>, Thomas Gall/Rochester/IBM@IBMUS
cc:        debian-boot@lists.debian.org, debian-powerpc@lists.debian.org
From:        Rolf Brudeseth/Austin/IBM@IBMUS
Subject:        Re: Debian network installation on IBM RS/6000 44P-170 (POWER3) - HOWTO  Link

> > I used the standard POWER3 config file:
> > /usr/src/linux/arch/ppc/configs/power3_defconfig
> Other posters have noted that the Debian-provided kernel doesn't
> work for chrp or IBM powerpc. Is it the config that's incorrect?
> Or are they really binary incompatible? Or is it just that you
> need a zImage.initrd format?
> I wonder if the stock 2.4.18 Debian kernel would work now that you

> have an installed system. That is available (uncompressed) in
> disks-powerpc/new-powermac/linux.bin .
> --
> *------v--------- Installing Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 --------v------*
> |      <http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/installmanual>     |
> |        debian-imac: <http://debian-imac.sourceforge.net>       |
> |            Chris Tillman        tillman@voicetrak.com          |

> |                  To Have, Give All to All (ACIM)               |
> *----------------------------------------------------------------*


I am no kernel guru; however, I believe that you have to compile the kernel for the hardware on which it will run by selecting the appropriate config file.


Could you elaborate?

Furthermore, what is the recommended kernel version for the IBM PREP, CHRP and POWER3 platforms.
The reason I am asking is because Woody ships with 2.2 as default, allowing upgrade to 2.4.


Rolf Brudeseth
pSeries System Engineering & Integration, IBM Enterprise Systems Group
Austin, TX

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