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Experimental 2.6.13 packages are available for testing


I have built *experimental* 2.6.13 kernel packages for sparc based on the debian-kernel svn revision 4366. They are available at


The important change which kernel team is planning to implement in this release is to switch from cramfs/ext2 based initial ramdisk (initrd) to an initramfs-based one. There are currently two tools which may be used to create such an initrd: initramfs-tools and yaird. Currently we have no information on how either of them performs on sparc, thus testing them out is of particular importance (especially since I'm still in the process of getting my own sparc64 box for testing). In order to switch the initrd creation to yaird or initramfs tools, it is sufficient to add one of the following options to /etc/kernel-img.conf:

ramdisk = /usr/sbin/mkinitrd.yaird


ramdisk = /usr/sbin/mkinitramfs

That will cause the corresponding tool to be used for initrd generation at kernel install time. Please report any problems with these tools and with the kernel either to the list, or by filing a bug against the linux-2.6 source package. And naturally, the probability of ending up with an unbootable or broken system is pretty high, so back up all your valuable data first.

Best regards,

Jurij Smakov                                        jurij@wooyd.org
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