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Re: Making d-i work on oldworlds

Rogério Brito schrieb:

On Oct 14 2003, Gaudenz Steinlin wrote:

Yes, booting on oldworlds via a CD seems to be possible only with
proprietary drivers. OTOH, I could (when I had Debian installed on that
oldwordl) boot it with miboot on a floppy without problems.

What I did was to compile my own kernel, gzip the vmlinux file in the
root directory of the kernel sources (calling it with the appropriate
name), grab the hfs boot image from woody and replace the kernel from
the floppy.
Did this work with a kernel 2.4? Do you know which options you need for running the kernel on an oldworld (minimal .config would be nice to have). Do you think it would be possible to make a minimal kernel (everything not needed for booting into an initrd in modules) that works on newworlds and oldworlds and fits on a floppy (compressed) at the same time? Or should we simply forget that and build a seperate kernel for oldworlds with another configuration?

Second someone has to write an installer component to install the
bootloader for oldworld after a successful installation.
I don't understand exactly what would be needed here. Which work exactly
needs to be done? Wouldn't the part that handles newworlds work
correctly, besides having to call quik instead of yabootconf (or is that
mkofboot) to set up the bootloader on the disk?

Would there be other code that needs to be written?
You could try to use yaboot-installer as a starting point or even make it possible to install yaboot and quick with the same installer component. Probably it's not too much code, but it needs to be done and tested. As I don't know quik, I don't know if it's simply a matter of calling quik instead of mkofboot.


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