I'm trying to rebuild the latest Ubuntu live CD with a current git
snapshot of the Linux kernel, since an option was added that I want to
take advantage of. I'm having some trouble figuring out what the right
kernel config to use is. Clearly it can't be exactly the same as what's
in CVS, because that doesn't mention squashfs, and squashfs and unionfs
are needed for this live CD. Or am I wrong? I also see a bunch of
scripts contained within addon.tar.bz2, but I'm not sure what has to
happen on a Linux machine and what has to happen on a Mac OS X machine.
Any advice would be helpful, either asynchronously via email or in
real time on IRC (I'm on Freenode and OFTC as Hydroxide.)
The problem I'm trying to fix here is that, on my MacBook Pro, any hard
drive access using normal kernel-based methods like mount and mkfs.ext3
say that the hard drive is in use, which is preventing me from setting
up a filesystem for a by-hand Linux install to the HD. Parted can work
with the drive perfectly well, though.
I noticed that the kernel is using a "FUA" option to libata when it's
accessing the hard drive, and apparently Jeff Garzik added an option to
disable that just after -rc5 was released due to how many problems there
were with that feature. Am I going down the wrong path here? Is there a
bteter way to fix hard drive access?
Administrivia questions: Does the Mactel-Linux project have an official
IRC channel? And is there a reason why the mailing list archives on
SF.net are entirely empty except for some test mails?
- Jimmy Kaplowitz