Talk:PINE64 ROCKPro64/Installing Gentoo

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A comment [[User:Larry|Larry]] 13:52, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
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What kernel was used for this guide?

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Hello Rory , Thanks for the guide! I'll have to try it when it's finished. What kernel did you use while getting your RockPro to run properly? If I remember correctly, I believe that is the step I'm missing with my unit. The only kernel I could fine was one from the 4.x era. Please add kernel instructions if you have them. If not, please let me know and close this discussion. Thank you! --Maffblaster (talk) 21:14, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

Thank you so much for the edits you made, the page looks MUCH better now.
I originally used the default current Gentoo kernel (e.g. 5.15) - it worked fine and I did not have to change a thing to boot little endian. You will note that in the install examples, I list a 5.10 kernel... That is because I am testing a custom/unreleased PCIe product that has a 5.10 driver. The driver will probably work fine with 5.15, but I wanted to change one variable at a time. So after using the default Gentoo kernel, I downloaded 5.10.88 from and built it.
Perhaps you can help me out a bit with my big endian port... But first a little disclosure. The port is working great, but there are some definite hacks I want to clean up before release... so there will be a slight delay in releasing all the pieces. Some of the work is absolutely ready for release now though.
My question: how do I release this? In particular, there are several areas that needed changing... I have made kernel submissions in the past and I am familiar with that process, but what about all the various packages? I note that Gentoo applies patches to various packages, when is a change done by a Gentoo patch as opposed to a patch to the upstream package? A concrete example: to support the new architecture (aarch64_be), it was necessary to make small changes to the dracut and catalyst utilities who do I submit to? — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Rory (talkcontribs) 13:46, January 4, 2022‎

Rory , The questions you have asked in your last paragraph have go beyond the scope of the wiki. Can you hop on our IRC channel (#gentoo-wiki (webchat) can we can discuss there. If you don't want to use an IRC client, then use the webchat mode. Thank you, --Maffblaster (talk) 22:07, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

Extending this guide?

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Hello Rory , Great guide. I hope it's Ok if I extend your guide with alternative steps? I'm in the process of installing Gentoo on my rock pro 64 and for example I don't plan flash the SPI memory or to install Grub. -- PeterL (talk) 22:40, 19 February 2022 (UTC)

Hello Rory , I'd also like to thank you for your guide. I think an overview over possible "methods" and "configurations" of installation would be very helpful for orientation, before following you guide. As I see it, there are several choices to be made, which can be combined in any way (some exceptions apply). Choice 1: Target installation medium: 1.A SD card 1.B SATA card 1.C eMMC 1.D SPI (?) // Choice 2: Where to compile gentoo: 2.A cross-compile with gentoo work station 2.B natively compile on rock64 with aarch64 install image (e.g. on SD card) // Choice 3: Use intermediate boot loader, between U-Boot and Gentoo 3.A None 3.B GRUB // After showing theses choices (did I miss anything) I'd highlight that you're following 1.B, 2.B, 3.B Mmanico (talk) 20:59, 10 September 2022 (UTC)