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Hi. I'm using the Suse 10.1 GNU/Linux distro on a PPC G4 iBook installed on a 250 GB external hd. The boot partition is sda9 (in HFS format because it's required by the machine), the root partition is sda11 in the reiser fs.
When they made the distro they forgot to include a bootloader installation program for the PPC version. They have documentation at the suse page but it doesn't seem to work for me. These are my configuration files starting with /etc/fstab:
This may not be a problem of the bootloader but of missing kernel modules. The SUSE standard installation may not be properly configured to load the system from USB devices. I am not sure if there are any PPC-specifics, but have a look what this guy did: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=426099
Briefly, the following modules need to be included into initrd:
Otherwise the drive cannot be recognised at the early boot stage.
I checked for modules that are loaded when I attach my iPOD. These are:
Don't forget to include the hfs driver as well, otherwise your filesystem won't be recognised.
You can create an initrd with mkinitrd -m "<space separated list of modules>" or list the modules in /etc/sysconfig/kernel (the parameter about mkinitrd) and run mkinitrd without parameters (recommended as this will allow kernel updates).