MVME 2306 almost up and running

David De Ridder s970707 at
Fri Mar 5 21:45:23 EST 1999

On Thu, 4 Mar 1999, Michael Meissner wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 04, 1999 at 08:51:55PM +0100, Gerd Knorr wrote:
> > 
> > > 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
> slow.

 Mmmh, our board, an MVME2306 has a PPC604, so I don't see a problem

> 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.

 I did build a cross-gcc and cross-binutils, and yes, this is *extremely*
 tricky. The docs are little bit too sparse on how to _correctly_ build
 the cross-tools. Anyway, my first attempts to build a PPC kernel from
 the standard Linux source tree failed. So I really want a native gcc
 on the board...


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