FAD NA 2010 Day 1

after a 5 hour drive yesterday from home to Ames, IA. I met up with John and Larry, Max flew in shortly after. We ate some local BBQ for tea. then went played some pool and had lots of fedora conversation. After John thoughly beat us all, Max and I chatted while i preppared the pork butts that im going to smoke for our saturday night social dinner event. We have 40lbs of uncooked meat we will end up with 25lbs or so of coooked meat.

Right now we are discussing fedora events and how to have them promote them etc. how can we piggyback on other events, how do we promote fedora at different events and get either new users contributors, fedora awareness etc.

Fedora 12 SPARC beta

I have pushed a fedora 12 beta sparc tree the master mirror, you can find one close to you Here under /releases/test/12-Beta/sparc/ the tree is pretty much complete. there are a few broken deps that need resolving. Partitioning is fragile. it mostly works however sometimes you will be best off to do manual partitioning in rescue mode or breaking out into a shell.

Here is a quick list of some of the issues you might hit and workarounds.

  • serial console install – to have a console on the serial port post install pass “console=ttyS0,9600” to the installer
  • serial console install – to do any customisation at all you need to use vnc
  • sunblade systems with qlogic hba’s for primary storage – Make sure that you do a graphical install (vnc or local X) or kickstart and include “hardware support” this is so that you have the firmware for your primary storage
  • install blowing up at partitioning – parted doesnt seem to like old parted disk labels. in rescue mode “dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=512 count=2” where X == the valuse of each disk
  • partitioning is fragile – simple partitioning works fine more complicated setups might require you to manual use parted to setup the partitioning you want and then choosing custom partitiing and allocate as you need to
  • less than 512mb ram – using vnc you may get OOM during package install. you will need to either do a default install or select a smaller package set
  • repo issues when installing – There is not repos exactly as anaconda wants when doing a netinstall. you can pass repo=”path to mirror” or fix up in the gui

Oh and partitioning is fragile, it looks like F-13 will be better

And things ive likely forgotten or missed, please drop into #fedora-sparc on freenode for assistance, questions or feedback.

Getting EPEL ready for EL-6

So its that time of the RHEL release cycle that we are starting to work on getting EPEL in shape for it, The first step is to prepare for mass branching, that will happen this Friday, 7th of May. if you have a packge that you do no want branched for EL-6 that has a EL-5 branch you need to add a nobranch file to the EL-5 branch with a reason why. the reason why is just for documenting. if you have a package that has moved to RHEL you dont have to add a nobranch but it would be nice if you did.

There is mock configs available in my mock git tree fedora people git tree I need to do a push with ccache of EPEL-6 content for it to work. unless you disable the ccache plugin. koji disables ccache, maybe we need to disable it in mock to make mock more like koji.

Due to how Red Hat is pushing out RHEL we are building i686, x86_64, and ppc64. We could also do s390x builds however i dont know that there is any demand for it. ppc32 and s390 trees are not complete enough for us to use.