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Re: grub2 on powerpc

On Sun, Sep 17, 2006 at 11:16:46AM +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 17, 2006 at 09:34:50AM +0100, Roger Leigh wrote:
> > Robert Millan <rmh@aybabtu.com> writes:
> > 
> > > As you might know, experimental grub2 support has been added to d-i
> > > when using the expert mode, but it is only yet available on
> > > i386/amd64.
> > 
> > I think powerpc support might be a bit premature.  The powerpc code
> > upstream is a bit lagging compared with i386/amd64, and depends on
> > tools not in Debian.  For example, changed to the i386 shell scripts
> > have not been made to the corresponding powerpc scripts; this really
> > needs to be made into common code, to avoid this needless effort.  The
> > same also applies to some of the C source.  It's not a great deal of
> > work to fix these issues, but I am currently lacking sufficient time
> > to do it myself.
> > 
> > This may be outdated though--I haven't checked out grub2 for a couple
> > of months, so it may have already been rectified.
> This is strange.  I know one of the core grub2 maintainers is using powerpc
> regularly (with code from CVS).
> As for tools not in Debian, you mean ofpathname?  Is the grub2 debian package
> usable at all without ofpathname? (I understand that at least grub-install
> won't work, making d-i support impossible).

ofpathname is part of the ibm-powerpc-utils package (not the same as the
package currently in debian), and Aurelien Gerome is packaging it, since
yaboot also needs it over the kind-of-broken ofpath found in the yaboot code,
so this should be less an issue than you think.


Sven Luther

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