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Re: installing on a g5


On 04/06/14 09:04, Phileas Fogg wrote:

here is the promised howto for booting NetBSD HEAD on G5.

1. Check out source


2. Apply my patches


3. Build toolchain


4. Build ramdisk kernel
ls -l sys/arch/macppc/conf/POWERMAC_G5_11_2_RD
 ./build.sh -U -j4 -m macppc kernel=POWERMAC_G5_11_2_RD 
ls -l sys/arch/macppc/compile/POWERMAC_G5_11_2_RD/netbsd

Done. But the kernel is in sys/arch/macppc/compile/obj/POWERMAC_G5_11_2_RD:

$ ls -l sys/arch/macppc/compile/obj/POWERMAC_G5_11_2_RD/netbsd
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 chris chris 29313471 Apr 10 00:09 sys/arch/macppc/compile/obj/POWERMAC_G5_11_2_RD/netbsd*

5. Build distribution


6. Build ramdisk
Copy the image into the root directory of your tftp server.


7. Fix load-base in Openfirmware


8. Boot ramdisk via tftp

Doesn't work for me. I get the TFTP transfer messages and then just "Loading ELF".
I've taken a picture, see ftp://ftp.groessler.org/pub/chris/tmp/bootmsgs.jpg .

I've copied my kernel binary ftp://ftp.groessler.org/pub/chris/tmp/netbsd.rd.xz .
Can you try it on your machine? If it's working there must be something wrong
with my machine/settings. If it doesn't work, could you give me your kernel
binary (put it to ftp.groessler.org/incoming).

I cross-compiled my netbsd image on my Linux machine.

Me too. (Because my fastest machine doesn't have NetBSD installed... :-/)


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