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Re: Debian Installer - boot floppies

On Fri, Mar 03, 2006 at 10:04:41PM +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Sunday 26 February 2006 17:00, Brad Boyer wrote:
> > This problem seems pretty simple. The driver floppy.ko is for normal PC
> > style floppy controllers. Apple never did use such a beast in a Mac.
> > The swim3 driver should handle the floppy drives for all PCI Macs that
> > have internal floppy drives. You might check to see if it is already
> > loaded, since the floppy.ko driver said that something else was already
> > using block major 2.
> I had added this module to the powerpc root floppy because of #345467 (see 
> that bug for full details). I have removed it again a few days back now 
> because of this thread (sorry for not replying here before).
> The real problem seems to be that no device nodes are created for the 
> powerpc floppy drive which results in the mountfloppy udeb failing.
> So, my questions would be:
> - which driver is actually needed in the case of #345467
> - is this driver available on the root floppy (built in or module)
> - if it's modular, is it being loaded
> - if it's loaded, what are the correct device nodes for it and why are
>   they not being created
> Also interesting for this may be the two bugs I cloned off #345467:
> - #352474: Should not ask device question if no candidate devices found
> - #352475: Does not generate modules.dep if no modules included on root
>            floppy

Interesting ...

i plan to try to resurect prep/chrp installation via floppies post beta2, and
those may have more chance to use the regular floppy module. Not sure it is
worth it though, as there are good chances that this means spawning another
kernel flavour.


Sven Luther

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