Gentoo Archives: gentoo-releng

From: Pieter Van den Abeele <pvdabeel@g.o>
To: gentoo-releng@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-releng] catalyst livecds
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 02:55:22

Could anyone get me some docs on how catalyst functions wrt. livecd 
creation? I'm interested in the following aspects:

- How do catalyst and genkernel interact?
- What exactly do the different livecd stages do?
- Is it possible to specify on a per-arch basis what gets zapmosted 
(thinking in terms of both the current ppc and old x86 scripts)? For 
instance, what happens to non-x86 keymaps on a ppc livecd.
- How do I create the actual livecd? Is there some kind of scripting 
that puts grp, stages, sources, initrd, kernel, bootloader, ... all on 
the disc the livecd tool should produce?

I heard x86 was going to consider a one disc release containing both 
some GRP and a working X for fosdem. Is this the new official format?
Am I allowed to use catalyst only for grp and stages for a fosdem 
release and use my current livecd script to create the actual discs?

Is it possible to get an update on catalyst and genkernel progress in 
general? Is there a possibility ppc64 could integrate ppc32 livecd 
support into catalyst? If I'm not mistaken brad_mssw is closely related 
to both ppc64, catalyst, genkernel and even amd64 for which already 
livecds have been created using catalyst. I guess this would speed up 
development enourmeously. This brings me to another question:

Is it possible for releng to be more verbose regarding what the 
developers they gave access to their infrastructure for powerpc work 
are actually working on? Wouldn't it be a good idea to create some 
guidelines or policies about interaction between projects? I think some 
current ppc subprojects (such as the QA projects) have guidelines about 
things like masking packages stable, I think those need to be 
communicated in an effective way to the developers now doing powerpc 
work. While I was looking at catalyst I detected some packages which 
were marked stable on ppc, but will never work on ppc (bootsplash was 
one of them: ofb does not allow bootsplash to be used afaik.).


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