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Re: Enable GRUB installation for powerpc/ppc64 Macs (was: Re: News about Firefox for PowerPC)

Hi Frank,

On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 10:38 PM Frank Scheiner <frank.scheiner@web.de> wrote:
> Hi Adrian,
> On 12/11/18 00:00, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz wrote:
> > @Frank: Could you repost your patches for grub-installer rebased for the current
> >          version? Maybe also include the ofpath script from the yaboot package
> >          (download from http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20160607T104140Z/pool/main/y/yaboot/yaboot_1.3.17-4.dsc).
> Noticed this by chance.

Just for reference, please consider using patches from:




That way we'll replace yaboot/ofpath with grub-ofpathname.

Thanks much for your work !

> Although I'm subscribed to this list, I actually don't read every mail
> on it (completely) or all mails in time. Maybe better put me in TO or CC
> next time or address me directly at the beginning. Not sure if I missed
> something else, though.
> Thanks for your insistence :-), actually I haven't forgotten about
> enabling GRUB installation for powerpc/ppc64 Macs, but missed the time
> for it until now, as it actually requires a bigger effort. I hope I can
> bring this forward in the next weeks but I can't give a promise.
> In addition I plan to deviate from the patches I created in late 2017,
> maybe even start from scratch. One of the main things I want to keep out
> of d-i/grub-installer this time is the HFS stuff related to FS creation
> and such. Unfortunately this is not done by d-i/partman-newworld but was
> always done by d-i/yaboot-installer or d-i/grub-installer with my
> patches from late 2017. To fix that I plan to create a d-i/partman-hfs
> (based on d-i/partman-ext3 but adapted for hfs) which should take care
> of the FS related tasks and maybe later replace d-i/partman-newworld.
> This should shrink the amount of changes needed for d-i/grub-installer
> considerably. I also like to "save space" by focusing on successful
> operation for the simplest case possible only - i.e. empty disk or prior
> OS installation on disk is thrown away - at first, instead of trying to
> support special cases.
> The plan then is as follows:
> 1. Increase size of HFS partitions in d-i/partman-auto to 10 to 20 MB to
> prepare for future GRUB installations. More details on [1].
> [1]: https://salsa.debian.org/installer-team/partman-auto/merge_requests/2
> 2. Create d-i/partman-hfs to handle all FS related stuff for HFS
> 3. Patch d-i/grub-installer to support a GRUB installation for
> powerpc/ppc64 Macs for the simplest case.
> This time I also plan to do the development on powerpc and use ppc64 for
> verification.
> Cheers,
> Frank

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