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    9.04 powerpc ltsp-build-client fails

    Trying to build an ltsp environment on a G5 server. When running ltsp-build-client I get the error message "Couldn't download dists/jaunty/main/binary-powerpc/Packages"

    After several hours of putzing around I was able to get past this by running "ltsp-build-client -- mirror http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports"

    However, after progressing along nicely for a bit it then fails again when trying to retrieve files from http://security.ubuntu.com I think the necessary files are actually located at http://ports.ubuntu.com/dists/jaunty-security/

    How do I also tell ltsp-build-client to look for these packages at http://ports.ubuntu.com/dists/jaunty-security/ it appears that this is called from a script that is built in /opt/ltsp/powerpc earlier in the process (the powerpc directory doesn't exist prior to running the ltsp-build-client script).

    New to unix so I apologize if I am not describing things quite right. I've only been able to find "me too" type posts on this topic, but no solutions yet.

    Thanks and have a great day.

    Rick Davis

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    Re: 9.04 powerpc ltsp-build-client fails

    ltsp on ppc is a pretty big clusterf*ck. A few of us have tried to get cross-arch to work to no avail. I'd be very interested in how much success you have with ppc as both server and client.

    Thread where we were working it: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1073572

    Workaround for your problem: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...23&postcount=4

    Next bug you'll probably run into: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...sp/+bug/213014
    It says it's fixed, but it isn't. You'll have to download the dummy .deb and add it to the script as done in the comments. (note that the example 030-early-packages has the dummy named acpid.deb
    Last edited by PhirePhly; June 14th, 2009 at 01:37 AM.

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    Re: 9.04 powerpc ltsp-build-client fails

    This sounds like more trouble than it is worth so it will go to the back burner for now. I have several PowerPC's to test it with, but a co-worker is more interested in old HP's for thin clients. Which appears to be an easier project, so we'll be working with that for a while first.

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    Re: 9.04 powerpc ltsp-build-client fails

    It seems building a PowerPC client has been broken for quite some time. I attempted to install 10.04 Alternate with LTSP (using expert mode) on a G4 and it will not build a client image. I may attempt to build one by hand.

    It appears the software sources are not set up properly on the mirrors either. Maybe I could build my own local mirror and attempt to restore the client builder script's functionality for PowerPC.
    Last edited by LinuxJediMaster; February 15th, 2011 at 10:46 PM. Reason: Change subscription

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    Re: 9.04 powerpc ltsp-build-client fails

    Anybody have anything to add to this? I'm at the same part, but I did some things differently.

    Instead of building the client, I found a link that looked like it had it already built. So I nabbed it and followed their instructions. Bingo. I'm left with a PPC chroot.

    https://fedorahosted.org/k12linux/wiki/PPCClientHOWTO

    I updated the image, updated the sshkeys, and edited my dhcp file to resemble what was in the last example here:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ub...CrossArchSetup

    But still my iBook just spins and spins and eventually times out and boots up to normal mode.

    Does anybody have any idea how I can get this system fired up and working? I intend to port the chroot to an Intel based server for final production but until I get it working I figured I'd leave it on the old eMac I have here.

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