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RE: How Can I Help (was Installing Debian on an Ultra 5)

Hi there,

I've had a look at the build failures and Spart Porting page, and I think at
the moment most of these are beyond me - I'm mainly a scripting coder,
rather than a C/C++/ASM coder.

I can certainly try the daily-installer builds on this machine, and have
also been looking this morning at setting the machine up to do daily SVN
builds of the kernel packages - one question regarding that - where in SVN
do I get the latest kernel packages to be built from?  If you can point me
at where in the repository I should be checking out from, or a document that
describes how to setup a build machine for this that would be great :)

Regarding X - this is running as a headless machine, with a serial console
to another Debian machine and SSH access only, so unfortunately anything
involving X/GNOME/KDE is probably not going to be easy to test and work

Many thanks


-----Original Message-----
From: Jurij Smakov [mailto:jurij@wooyd.org] 
Sent: 15 June 2006 05:24
To: Kevin Fullerton
Cc: debian-sparc@lists.debian.org
Subject: RE: How Can I Help (was Installing Debian on an Ultra 5)

On Tue, 13 Jun 2006, Kevin Fullerton wrote:

>> From the Debian SPARC ports page 
>> (http://www.debian.org/ports/sparc/#who) it
> says to chime in to see if there's any help needed with the SPARC port 
> so, here I am, chiming in.  Not sure how or what I can do to help, but 
> I'm certainly eager to learn :)

Here are some ideas:

* Watch the sparc buildd status page at


Examine the build failures trying to determine whether the problem is sparc
specific and anything can be done about it. Gather the information about the
feasibility of porting (if it is required) or arguments against porting,
update the wiki page at http://wiki.debian.org/SparcPorting appropriately.

* Test the daily installer builds, file installation reports if someting
goes wrong.

* There is an effort to do the daily builds of the kernel packages from svn
for testing and to catch the build failures early. Sparc is currently not
participating in it. If you have an idle box, setting it up to do the daily
builds and test them would be a nice idea.

* On Ultra 5 there are some unknown issues with xorg. I was able to set up
working X with the ATI card there, others failed. I have no idea why, if you
have a monitor hooked up to your box you can try to figure it out. See
recent thread on debian-sparc mailing list.

Best regards,

Jurij Smakov                                        jurij@wooyd.org
Key: http://www.wooyd.org/pgpkey/                   KeyID: C99E03CC

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