Erhard F. | 2 Jan 12:31 2003
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Whad aboud Iyonix support?

Hiya!

simple question: is a Iyonix port being considered or better already in 
progress?

and how long will it take to emerge from current to a stable version. I 
suspect 1.6.1 would be far to early? ;-)

regards,

Erhard F.

Ben Harris | 2 Jan 14:09 2003
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Re: Whad aboud Iyonix support?

In article <5.1.0.14.2.20030102122607.00b29240 <at> mh.sbg.ac.at> you write:
>Hiya!
>
>simple question: is a Iyonix port being considered or better already in 
>progress?

Not that I know of, but since it's based around a standard XScale north
bridge (which is already supported by NetBSD), one shouldn't be _that_ much
effort if anyone's got the time (I'm afraid I'm too busy to do one even if
someone were to give me an Iyonix).

>and how long will it take to emerge from current to a stable version. I 
>suspect 1.6.1 would be far to early? ;-)

New ports aren't usually included in minor releases, so it won't get into
any of 1.6.x.

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Reinoud Zandijk | 2 Jan 16:50 2003
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Re: Whad aboud Iyonix support?

Hi Erhard,

On Thu, Jan 02, 2003 at 12:31:50PM +0100, Erhard F. wrote:
> simple question: is a Iyonix port being considered or better already in 
> progress?
> 
> and how long will it take to emerge from current to a stable version. I 
> suspect 1.6.1 would be far to early? ;-)

Phew! Thats a hard question ... I would like to consider it and work on it 
only if i had docs and a machine to work on. The first step towards more 
generic support for Acorn32 derived machines is allready taken by creating 
a new even more extend bootloader.

One minor problem with the Iyonix will propably be that it needs a new 
port/base to start with derived from the evbarm port since its chipset is 
quite different from the `normal' Acorn machines. It would be neat to have 
it run NetBSD though!

So concluding its mainly a factor of me having a machine and some time to 
work on it. I can't afford to buy the machine myself but if Castle (that 
was the company wasn't it?) is willing to give details and provide a 
machine i wouldn't mind giving it a try ;)

Cheers,
Reinoud
NetBSD/acorn32 portmaster

Reinoud Zandijk | 6 Jan 17:32 2003
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New bootloader available and FAQ updated

Hiya All,

you might have thought that the Acorn32 port was sleeping a lot ... well to 
be honest it was for some time :-/ until i got some more time and 
inspiration to work on things.... 

I've created yet another new bootloader from scratch called `boot32' wich 
can boot NetBSD-1.6 ELF kernel images. Please report problems to this list 
or to me when things fail.... It consists of just one file called 
`boot32,ffa' (i.e. a RISC OS module) that can be RMRun or can be called 
using *boot32. Its syntax (not in the module yet :-/ sorry) is :

  *boot32 [-a] [kernelname [parameters]]

It can load both normal kernels as gzipped kernels wich is a relief for
some i know :-) esp. the installation of new NetBSD/acorn32 systems will
most likely be much simplified by this move.

Also the FAQ has been made up to date and i've added a section about NC 
booting since this is trivial but has a steep learning curve i've you've 
never done it before.

On the TODO list is now : being able to load mode definition files (MDFs) 
into a running kernel and to allow swiching screenmodes !

Cheers,
Reinoud Zandijk,
portmaster NetBSD/acorn32

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Leo Smiers | 6 Jan 20:32 2003
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Test of boot32

Hello Reinoud

I was pleasant surprised with the new bootloader for acorn32. Eventhough
I am not longer actively using netbsd on my RPC I couldn't resist trying it.
I am sorry to tell you that it failed.

What I did was the following:
1 make a directory in wich I placed the boot32 module and the netbsd-Generic
  kernel of 8 sep 2002
2 set the working directory
3 Increased wimpslot to something big > 16 Mbyte
4 Double clicked on the module

The initial fase looked ok, the last text from RISC OS was: 
  bye bye from RISC OS
and then it started the kernel. However the kernel paniced with:
panic: initarm: Failed to align the kernel page directory

I used RISC OS 4.33 (Select 2i3) to boot from.

I hope this wil give you some help in developing the boot loader.

Leo

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Reinoud Zandijk | 7 Jan 10:06 2003
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Re: Test of boot32

Hiya Leo,

On Mon, Jan 06, 2003 at 08:32:56PM +0100, Leo Smiers wrote:
> I was pleasant surprised with the new bootloader for acorn32. Eventhough
> I am not longer actively using netbsd on my RPC I couldn't resist trying it.
> I am sorry to tell you that it failed.

Oh what a pitty it didnt work.... (using RISC OS 4.x a lot?) ... hmm...

> What I did was the following:
> 1 make a directory in wich I placed the boot32 module and the netbsd-Generic
>   kernel of 8 sep 2002
> 2 set the working directory
> 3 Increased wimpslot to something big > 16 Mbyte
> 4 Double clicked on the module

8 Sept 2002 as in NetBSD-current ? or NetBSD-1.6_STABLE ?

> The initial fase looked ok, the last text from RISC OS was: 
>   bye bye from RISC OS
> and then it started the kernel. However the kernel paniced with:
> panic: initarm: Failed to align the kernel page directory

This may sound weird but i am pleased to hear this :-) ... this means that
the bootloader worked (nearly) OK ... only that its connection to the
kernel might be a bit `challenged'.

> I used RISC OS 4.33 (Select 2i3) to boot from.

Now thats a new one .... never had anyone tried booting NetBSD from that 
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Manuel Bouyer | 20 Jan 23:02 2003

fixes for the "etherleak" bug

Hi,
I commited a fix for the "etherleak" bug to the
sys/arch/acorn32/podulebus/if_ie.c driver.
Please test it if you have the hardware.

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Gavan Fantom | 30 Jan 19:01 2003

sysinst and DHCP

Just curious here, why does the acorn32 sysinst not offer DHCP? This is
quite useful on i386 (even if it is currently partially broken), and I
miss it every time I reinstall NetBSD on my RiscPC.

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Chris Gilbert | 31 Jan 00:56 2003
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Re: sysinst and DHCP

On Thu, 30 Jan 2003 18:01:25 +0000 (GMT)
Gavan Fantom <gavan <at> coolfactor.org> wrote:

> Just curious here, why does the acorn32 sysinst not offer DHCP? This
> is quite useful on i386 (even if it is currently partially broken),
> and I miss it every time I reinstall NetBSD on my RiscPC.

because we don't have dhclient in the ramdisk, I believe that if we did
it sysinst goes ooh dhclient, lets offer DHCP.  I looked into it once,
but didn't get any further...

Chris

Frank Wennmohs | 31 Jan 08:15 2003
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Backporting changes in ld.elf_so to 1.6.1?

Hello all!

In my opinion it would be a good idea of backporting
the changes in ld.elf_so, as some programs
(especially on slower platforms, for example acorn32) are
almost unusable without the new changes. 

What is the general opinion about this?

Frank


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