Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 813980
pmac ide driver not compiled
Last modified: 2012-04-19 17:23:04 EDT
Description of problem:
The old ide pmac driver is no longer compiled as a module to the kernel
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot some old 32bit ppc macintosh, like the pismo iBook
2. Watch dracut die since it can't find any rootfs
pmac ide module missing
pmac ide module included
While the old pmac driver does not support libata, it is still usable. dracut will see the disk if the driver forced loaded at boot time, for example using a boot argument like rdinsmodpost=pmac
This was done intentionally under bug 810579.
I very seriously doubt Fedora is going to continue to support any G3 Macs. At this point you might be better off building your own kernel, or at least building the pmac module separately.
I'll let Karsten decide, since the pmac module seems to break newer G4/G5 Macs.
This is a different problem as the pata_macio driver can handle all the devices that ide_pmac used to handle, it just does it with libsata and thus the device names will change.
Can you check if dracut has included the pata_macio driver in the initrd ?
lsinitrd /boot/initramfs-3.3.1-5.fc17.ppc64.img | grep pata_mac
You also need to check if /etc/fstab and /etc/yaboot.conf still reference /dev/hdX instead of /dev/sdX.
@Josh: No, we certainly don't want to have ide_pmac back.
On this hardware, I have to build a custom initramfs, but it boots fine with pata_macio. Thanks.
I closing this as NOTABUG.