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Old 11-29-2008, 03:46 PM
Moritz Muehlenhoff
Default Bug#390432: Subject: linux-image-2.6.18-1-powerpc: patch to fix old world boot requires a g3, fails on earlier powermac/powerbook

On Sun, Oct 01, 2006 at 02:07:25AM -0700, Brian Morris wrote:
> Package: linux-image-2.6.18-1-powerpc
> Version: 2.6.18-1
> Severity: important
> *** Please type your report below this line ***
> I have been running etch with kernel 2.6.15-1 on this machine for six
> weeks. i have
> tried 4 or 5 different kernel packages released between 2.6.16-2 and
> 2.6.18-1, none
> of which boot here. my powermac beige g3 has been able to boot exactly the
> same disk and installation with an update to the initrd using
> updateinitramfs or yaird.
> that is i copied the powerbook disk with parted to a backup drive and
> booted it with the new kernel from the powermac.
> the changelog and also on the powerpc mailing lists has claimed that failure to
> boot old world powermacs is fixed but looks here like it was only fixed for
> the g3 and not earlier. there were at least two years or more before the g3 that
> were working in sarge, and in etch up to 2.6.15. several others have reported
> similar problems, some are building their own kernels but i have been focusing
> on trying to work with the system you are providing.
> i try and work with the mailing list but no one has been responding lately
> so i am filing and official report. [ i am dismayed/appalled by the currently
> outstanding some 716 kernel bugs listed as i ran reportbug today].
> diagnostics: booting pb3400 with bootx, appears only the first line
> "Welcome to Linux..."
> and hangs. booting with quik, gets started but is unable to mount root. claims
> "unknown block(0,0)". note - on g3 when i was missing modules i got
> some informative
> messages and dropped into busybox - but nothing whatsoever of the kind
> happens here.
> only "panic - rebooting in 180 seconds". is there maybe something more than
> just an initrd problem ?
> i am also pretty upset that the 15 kernel the latest stock image that boots
> my machine and others, has been deleted from the archives while the 18 series
> is just released into unstable.

Does this error still occur with more recent kernel versions?


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