MVME 2306 almost up and running

Michael Meissner meissner at
Fri Mar 5 10:22:03 EST 1999

On Thu, Mar 04, 1999 at 08:51:55PM +0100, Gerd Knorr wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > My final question : our board now finally boots, it can mount an
> > NFS partition as root fs, but does anybody know where on the Internet
> > I can find a file system tree with the binaries for LinuxPPC ? I mean,
> > like Slackware, but for LinuxPPC. (We have no other [spare] PPC based
> > machines, so I need a full binary file tree to set up on the NFS fs).
> Just download the basic rpm's and install them on the NFS Server
> with "rpm --root=/export/nfsroot4ppc -i *.rpm".

I think the point is that the normal rpm's (ie, ftp.linuxppc.{org,com}) won't
work too well on an ppc860, since that machine does not have a FPU, and the
kernel support for emulating fp might not be present or even if present, too

One thought is to build a cross compiler on some other system, and manually
build the compiler and enough tools to run native and then bootstrap the old
fashioned way (you probably want to use the --with-cpu=860 switch when
configuring, so that binaries by default don't reference the fpu).  However,
setting up a cross compiler is somewhat tricky if you've never done it before.

Michael Meissner, Cygnus Solutions
PO Box 98, Ayer Massachusetts, USA 01432-0098
meissner at

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