Older blog entries for drow (starting at number 1)

More boot floppies... lots more. Gets through a full build on powerpc now, and we're up to 50K free - Ben says there are no problems with stripping yaboot or using -Os. I think I am not going to actually change mac-fdisk right now; I'll just document creating a bootstrap and put the rest off till woody, or at least 2.2r1. I still have an offer from Michael Schmitz to give me mac-fdisk; when I have time I will give it an update from the newer upstream version and/or just merge it into util-linux so we can use cfdisk. There's also 'perldisk' but I don't know if that would be appropriate for boot floppies.

Other goal for today is updating kernel packages again. I'm thinking of adding a prep-netboot package soon so that boot-floppies does not need to recompile a kernel every time through make release.

Just signed up for this after peer pressure from the Debian Cabal... oh, wait... I didn't say that, you didn't hear it.

Today was the best day I've had for boot-floppies in quite a while. I got an almost functional Debian/PowerPC set uploaded (barring some screwups with libdb2 and psmisc), and I've fixed a couple dozen things since then - I hope to do another set in two days or so.

Pending for them:

  • Fix control-U in Newt - done, NMU pending.
  • Fix dependencies on the base system - done.
  • Add yaboot and ybin and hfsutils to the root and base disks - done, but requires ftpmaster intervention
  • Partitioning fixes - simplify creating a bootstrap partition - todo
  • Bootloaders - Actually try to CONFIGURE yaboot, or at least describe it, during the install - todo
  • Documentation, documentation, documentation

There's another build running now. Time will tell how much I messed up this time through.

Root.bin still fits on a floppy - by a very lucky 2112 bytes. Can you say "close call"?

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