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Re: Touching vmlinux.coff, was Re: Current benh-kernel fails to boot (after clock) on iBook G4

On Mon, May 24, 2004 at 05:59:26PM +0200, Helge Kreutzmann wrote:
> Hello,
> On Mon, May 24, 2004 at 05:54:04PM +0200, Sven Luther wrote:
> > On Sat, May 08, 2004 at 06:21:25PM +0200, Helge Kreutzmann wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > > I am new to PPC, so please excuse if these are FAQs, but I searched
> > > the archive and could not find the answers. I use a new iBook G4.
> > > 
> > > I got the latest benh-kernel by rsync and build the kernel using
> > > make-kpkg. As described in the archive, I had to touch
> > > arch/ppc/boot/images/vmlinux.coff and
> > > arch/ppc/boot/images/vmlinux.coff-2.4.25-ben1
> > 
> > Notice that the debian powerpc kernel package use exactly the same
> > source tree as what you are using.
> Well, as I don't know much yet of ppc, this might be an error on my
> side, but I seem to not be the only one (as I got the fix from the
> archives). I did not have that problem on 2.6.6. In both cases, the
> kernels seem to work (in 2.6 I have other problems, but as I am new to
> 2.6 as well, this is *definitly* on my side). 
> I reported this as bug #247850, so if you are in the position to help

Against which package ? 

> that would be greatly appreciated. If I should do tests, or if my
> local configuration is broken, then please point me to the proper
> source, and maybe a check could be added. A brief (!) googeling did not
> reveal the origin/reason of these *coff*-files, except that it is some
> legacy mechanism on ppc.

Ah, i believe those .coff files are used on some older pmacs to boot
directly from the OpenFirmware, without using yaboot or a similar boot
loader. I believe that the problem should have been fixed in the debian
powerpc patch, not sure though.


Sven Luther

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