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Bug#315592: RFH aboot (Alpha bootloader): Looking for co-maintainers

On Fri, Jun 24, 2005 at 06:24:45PM +0200, Helge Kreutzmann wrote:
> Hello Peter,
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2005 at 01:58:27AM +0200, Peter De Schrijver wrote:
> > I'm willing to help you out on this. I have 6 alpha machines (4 of which
> > are debian supported now, the other 2 are turbo channel machines for
> > which I did some work to get the linux kernel to work, but they aren't
> > ready yet). I also maintain the quik package (oldworld powermac
> > bootloader) and comaintain sibyl (Broadcom swarm bootloader). I'm
> > familiar with alpha, mips, powerpc and arm architectures. I hope I can
> > help you here.

> Great. Since I am not a DD, I will inform Steve Langasek, who did the
> uploads and helped me a great deal with all the packaging details.

> The first thing you can do is to check out our CVS from alioth
> (pkg-aboot). I'll ask Steve to add you to the group and get a little
> aqauinted with the source layout. Please ask if something is unclear,
> ... I cannot tell you the nitty gritty source details, but the overall
> layout and the purpose of the various tools/directories etc. I know. 

Yep, Peter is added to the alioth group (though of course, he didn't need
that in order to become acquainted with the source layout :).

> Out of the bugs, I'd consider #270801 the most anyoing. Unfortunately,
> netabootwrap is not in the upstream source, hence we are "on our own".

That one's going to become more annoying with time, since initramfs
generates consistently *smaller* images in 2.6 than initrd does...

> If you know how to add other FS, then #153666 might be fun for you.
> Upstream is a little reluctant, though, to add more and more file
> systems. Since a patch is available, the next thing would be to test,
> if possible, and add it in the next upload which could deal with the
> new policy version as well (haven't looked yet, what this would
> require).

At the very least, it would be nice to have reliable ext3 support so that we
aren't obliged to use a separate boot partition from d-i.  I'm not as
concerned about XFS support as I used to be, since ext3 in 2.6 has all the
features I wanted previously.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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