Re: Is the AXP part of the Red Hat Archives bootable?

David Mosberger (davidm@AZStarNet.COM)
Fri, 8 Nov 1996 11:51:43 -0700 (MST)

Jim> On the other hand, there is a problem with either aboot or the compressed
Jim> kernels on the 4.0 CD such that aboot can't boot them... it complains
Jim> about "unknown compression method".

That's a major bummer. Here is what I know:

- booting an Alcor kernel from a beta CD-ROM worked fine
- booting a Cabriolet kernel from the 4.0 CD-ROM works fine
(I just tried this)
- loading kernels/jensen.gz from the 4.0 CD-ROM on a
Cabriolet works fine (of course, the second the kernel
gets started it crashes silently, but the loading and
decompression of the kernel completely without any apparent
error)

So, if it's indeed an aboot problem, it's a subtle one. I can imagine
that there might be a problem due to the old SRM version that's
running on the Jensens. But then, why would uncompressed booting
work?

Anyhow, since I don't have a Jensen and since the CD-ROM has been
mastered properly as far as I can tell, could somebody with a Jensen
look into this? Note that it's very easy to build an iso9660
filesystem on a floppy disk, so even if you don't have a CD-ROM burner
you can test the relevant code (that's how I got the iso9660 support
in aboot going). It would be really nice to understand what the
problem is.

--david

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