Re: need (pmac owner help) with powerpc package.
On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 11:06:25AM -0800, Brad Boyer wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 06:38:35PM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 09:33:21AM -0800, Brad Boyer wrote:
> > > More specifically, you should only need to worry about finding it
> > > in oldworld and nubus Macs.
> > Mmm, nubus Macs we don't support anyway, but oldworld we do.
> > Do people usually netboot from those, and even if they do, could it be
> > possible that the people doing this use a module initrd or something to
> > do such, and thus allow us to put this driver as module ?
> >From my experience, most people boot from the hard drives on these
> boxes. This was the generation of hardware that quik was originally
> written to support, so it works as well as can be expected with all
> the bugs in the old version of OpenFirmware used in them. However,
> netbooting should work, and as I remember it actually worked before
> booting from a hard drive. I believe the vmlinux.coff images are
> used for netboot on oldworld Macs but I don't remember if they have
> an initrd built-in. I haven't used my old 7600 much in quite a while.
Mmm, the thing is we need to compare the number of people using
netbooting on these old macs, to those failing to boot kernel, because
of this MACE driver.
Ideally we should fix the bug in the driver which cause the failure to
boot, but baring that i will build it as module.
I can't do the fixing, as i have no such hardware to do the bug hunting,
so any volunteer to do that is welcome. In the meantime, i will build
the MACE driver as module in my next package upload.