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Re: My K9 Blackdog

    Thanks, Lennart.   I'll check out that source.   I DO have access
to the BlackDog SDK which runs on windows using QEMU that has GCC and
will compile for my Virtex CPU.   Sadly, I have no sources at all.
They didn't ship the sources on the DVD nor as part of the SDK..

    Ok, it sounds like I need to copy off an image of whats on my
current blackdog.   Then start up the SDK Emulator and point it
towards archive.debia.org and get my sources.   Then maybe I can
compile a new kernel in the emulator and test that it runs.    Then I
can create an update for my current kernel.    At least that sounds
like a plan.


On Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM, Lennart Sorensen
<lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 04:04:45PM -0800, Neko Ecchi wrote:
>>     Hi everyone.   I'm not sure how active
>> this list is, but I thought I'd give it a try
>> to see if I can get my old K9 Blackdog
>> running.   For those who don't know, the
>> K9 Blackdog is an old PPC computer
>> that plugs into a regular computer via USB
>> and boots an xwindow.    My blackdog is
>>  currently running Olmec Linux based off
>> of Debian Linux.
>> My linux version is
>> My CPU is an ancient Virtex-II Pro.
>>     Now as for my problem, the company
>>  that made my K9 has long since gone
>>  out of business, taking all the sources
>> and images with them.  Naturally, this
>>  makes me want to get my K9 updated
>>  and working.
>>     My /etc/apt/sources.list points to:
>> deb http://apt.projectblackdog.com/inuara airedale main contrib non-free
>> deb http://apt.projectblackdog.com/inuara airedale/updates main contrib non-free
>>      That location no longer exists and
>> throws 302 errors when I attempt to use
>> apt-get to update pretty much anything.
>> My apt-cache shows all my images are also
>> stored on the apt.projectblackdog.com
>> location so I can't update anything that way.
>>    I can't even get GCC installed because
>> it goes to the old site.
>>      Is there a sources location that someone
>> can point me to where I can try to use
>> apt-get to install some programs off of?
>>     Would it work to just update my current
>> sources.list to a new debian source location
>> and run my installs?   I have already contacted
>> Olmec and they don't have any of the
>> K9 Sources available.   Do I need to
>> get back to basics and crosscompile off
>> a different machine?
>>     Thanks for any advice you can give me.
> Well some thoughts at least:
> The kernel will be a problem, since Debian almost certainly does not
> have a kernel that will boot on it, and Debian these days requires a
> newer kernel, for things like udev, and such to work.  So simply
> installing Debian powerpc packages from wheezy or even squeeze is almost
> certainly not an option.
> It could also be that installing Debian packages could break something
> used to handle the odd startup procedure it uses for the UI.
> The closest Debian version would I think be Etch, which released with
> a 2.6.18 kernel.  So if you were to point at the etch archives on the
> archive server, you might be able to get a working compiler and a few
> other things.  The url for sources.list for that would be:
> deb http://archive.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free
> I would make sure to know how to restore the system before messing around
> with it though, if you care to keep it working.  If you don't care and
> are just having fun because you have it, then perhaps it is worth a try.
> Installing a few packages hopefully won't mess up much.
> There is virtex II pro support in powerpc in the upstream kernel tree,
> but whether it still works or is supported is another story.  It is not
> enabled in Debian's powerpc kernel builds last I checked.
> --
> Len Sorensen

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