PowerPC has been dropped as release architecture in Debian. If you want to keep your packages up to date you will need to use the unstable repos.
On Sat, 2017-02-04 at 15:10 -0900, Kristen R wrote:
On Feb 4, 2017, at 2:12 PM, dev_user <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Dear Debian power types : I managed to install a bare and simple stretch ( testing ) release onto a PowerMac G5 using the DVD ISO image such that my /etc/apt/sources.list says : deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Stretch_ - Official Snapshot powerpc DVD Binary-1 20161031-06:51]/ stretch main The first of many little problems that I hit is that the nouveau driver is just terrible and all I see on the screen is a very very messed up pile of what looks like static. So there is no GUI no graphical login at all that works. I created a file in /etc/modprobe.d/ thus : root@charon:/etc/apt# cat /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-graphics-drivers.conf blacklist nouveau blacklist lbm-nouveau blacklist nvidia-173 blacklist nvidia-96 blacklist nvidia-current blacklist nvidia-173-updates blacklist nvidia-96-updates alias nvidia nvidia_current_updates alias nouveau off alias lbm-nouveau off This solved the nasty graphics problem after a reboot. I now can hit CTRL-F1 and get a text login. That did not work at all before. I was able to ssh in to the unit and did change the /etc/network/interfaces file so that I have a static ip and no more dhcp. However I am still stuck with ipv6 and thus any attempt to use a repo mirror just hangs badly for about four minutes or so before reverting to ipv4 which does work. However my /etc/resolv.conf file is wrecked and only has ipv6 entries in it and they don't work : root@charon:/etc/apt# cat /etc/resolv.conf nameserver 2607:f798:18:10:0:640:7125:5204 nameserver 2607:f798:18:10:0:640:7125:5198 I have no idea where that comes from but they don't work. I attempt to edit the file but it gets instantly and magically overwritten by some horrible gremlin that changes the file back to ipv6 only. I don't know why. So question one is how do I edit the /etc/apt/sources.list to get a valid repo site somewhere for packages? Nothing I seem to enter there works at all and I only ever see ( after a lot of hang time ) this message : root@charon:/etc/apt# cat /etc/apt/sources.list # #deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Stretch_ - Official Snapshot powerpc DVD Binary-1 20161031-06:51]/ stretch main deb http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free deb-src http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free deb http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free deb-src http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main contrib root@charon:/etc/apt# apt-get update 0% [Connecting to ftp.ca.debian.org (2607:f748:10:12::deb:1)] [Connecting to security.debian.org (2607:ea00:101:3c0b::1deb:215)] . . go for a coffee ... this hangs badly for a while . watch the clock for ... four or five minutes .. or longer Hit:1 http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian testing InRelease Hit:2 http://security.debian.org stretch/updates InRelease Reading package lists... Done N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-powerpc/Packages' as repository 'http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian testing InRelease' doesn't support architecture 'powerpc' N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'contrib/binary-powerpc/Packages' as repository 'http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian testing InRelease' doesn't support architecture 'powerpc' So that fails, eventually. What content do I need in the /etc/apt/sources.list file to get a repo that supports powerpc ? some basic info here : root@charon:~# uname -a Linux charon 4.7.0-1-powerpc64 #1 SMP Debian 4.7.8-1 (2016-10-19) ppc64 GNU/Linux root@charon:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 cpu : PPC970MP, altivec supported clock : 2500.000000MHz revision : 1.1 (pvr 0044 0101) processor : 1 cpu : PPC970MP, altivec supported clock : 2500.000000MHz revision : 1.1 (pvr 0044 0101) processor : 2 cpu : PPC970MP, altivec supported clock : 2500.000000MHz revision : 1.1 (pvr 0044 0101) processor : 3 cpu : PPC970MP, altivec supported clock : 2500.000000MHz revision : 1.1 (pvr 0044 0101) timebase : 33333333 platform : PowerMac model : PowerMac11,2 machine : PowerMac11,2 motherboard : PowerMac11,2 MacRISC4 Power Macintosh detected as : 337 (PowerMac G5 Dual Core) pmac flags : 00000000 L2 cache : 1024K unified pmac-generation : NewWorld root@charon:~# So ... I am at a loss here. DennisIt is a shame but the PowerPC line from Apple has been dropped in Debian. There was a discussion a while back I loosely followed on the powerpc list you can search for. I believe you can run Jessie still and have a working system. Your packages will need to be updated from that repository. Other then that, the Nouvea issue will not be fixed. Others who understand better can correct me. As for the DNS, do not edit /etc/resovl.conf as that is system generated. Edit instead the /etc/network/interfaces file and list your DNS entries there. After this stop networking, and restart (or reboot) and the /etc/resolv.conf will reflect your new entries. Same place you stated your static IP. Doing so will make your gremlin behave. I see you are on Rogers network using IPv6, so you can use their DNS servers unless you wish to deploy your own. A quick look does not reveal they are using IPv6 for DNS, so more investigation might be needful then I employed. If you can not find DNS for IPv6, then create your own DNS or stick with IPv4. Best of luck Kristen
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