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Re: Dropping wpasupplicant from sparc netboot image

On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 01:41:30PM +0100, Jurij Smakov wrote:
> [correct the debian-sparc address]
> On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 01:37:06PM +0100, Jurij Smakov wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > As we discovered recently, the daily sparc netboot image 
> > exceeds 10MB limit imposed by OpenBoot, so it fails to boot. I've 
> > poked at it a bit, and it seems that one of the most straightforward 
> > ways to make room is to drop wpasupplicant and all its dependencies 
> > (libcrypto, crypto kernel modules) which account for significant 
> > amount of space on the initrd. AFAIK, sparc does not have any hardware 
> > which does wifi natively, and while it's in theory possible to use 
> > some usb-wifi dongle to do the installation, I don't remember any 
> > reports of anyone doing it.
> > 
> > The straightforward way to achieve this goal is to make netcfg not 
> > depend on wpasupplicant for sparc (same way as s390 currently does). 
> > This will drop wpasupplicant (and, subsequently, installation over 
> > wireless support) not only from netboot, but also from all other 
> > installation media (like businesscard iso).
> > 
> > Let me know if you have any objections, otherwise I'll commit 
> > necessary fixes in a couple of days.

Nobody screamed loudly, so I've committed the necessary change to 
netcfg [0] and will release a new version later today - this is your 
last chance to object.

[0] http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=d-i/netcfg.git;a=commitdiff;h=630d929f282ac8b45243acf6ad6d4425779828db

Best regards,
Jurij Smakov                                           jurij@wooyd.org
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