[fpc-devel] Bounty for MIPS

Nikolai Zhubr n-a-zhubr at yandex.ru
Fri Feb 3 13:01:31 CET 2012

03.02.2012 14:26, Florian Klaempfl:
> How did you install debian? Or is it a chroot'ed debian?

No, it it not chrooted.

Basically I took kernel from openwrt 10.03.1 build tree (it is also 
2.6.32 but modified slightly to better support platform-specific 
peripherials), disabled NAND-related drivers, and enabled ehci, 
usb_storage, ext4, etc as built-in. Then I took debian net-based 
installer's initrd.gz for malta board 
unpacked it into ext2-formatted 1st (small) partiton of USB hard disk, 
keeping the rest of the disk available for adding more partitions later. 
Then I plugged this disk into wndr3800 and booted my kernel via tftp 
pointing it to /dev/sda1 as root. The only issue was that by default, 
openwrt kernel does not include inotify support which debain wants 
desperately, so I had to enable it and recompile. Other than that, all 
the rest was pretty much regular net-based install over serial console.

One inconvenience for now is that manual intervention is needed upon 
power-on to interrupt uboot before it proceeds normally to openwrt. I 
think it might be possible to arrange kexec'ing from the running openwrt 
but didn't try yet.


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