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Re: Current status on grub-installer on PowerMac

On 4/16/21 8:36 AM, Mark Cave-Ayland wrote:
>> Your machine is obviously not detected as a New World PowerMac and thus, none of the mechanisms for
>> New World PowerMacs are applied. If archdetect doesn't show you're on a "powerpc/powermac_newworld",
>> neither the automatic partioning nor the installation of GRUB for PowerMacs is triggered correctly.
> I see, thanks - my confusion was that the old installer used to always set up the partitioning regardless
> of the machine type and so it was possible to boot on both an Old World and a New World machine.

That's not quite true. The installer has always been differentiating the different machine types on
PowerPC. For Yaboot, there was a package called "partman-newworld" before that was only enabled on
machines detected as */powermac_newworld. If your machine did not match that pattern, it would not
have created the HFS bootstrap.

> Are Old World Macs no longer supported?

I am currently concerned with New World Macs only as I haven't had the time yet to dig out an OW
Mac for testing. I have such a machine currently in storage but no plans at the moment to work
on it as kernel support for these old machines as mine (PowerBook 3400) is not working anyway
at the moment.

>> So, I thought setting the filetype isn't necessary?
> I think it shouldn't be - I can test later but mostly I just wanted to use something that was
> known to work so I could debug the boot process.

My question still is: Why does "grub-install --macppc-directory=/boot/grub" not already set up
a completely working bootstrap partition. There is obviously a bug in grub-install.


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