only recently I got a old surplus laptop which is powered by a AMD K6-2+ which means I couldn't just simply run Arch-i686 on it. So it was obvious that it was time to try the i586 port. Anyway I ran into several problems I'd like to point out here since there is no bugtracker right now, is there?
The iso I downloaded was: http://genesis.blogdns.net/packages/i586/iso/arch_i586-2005-04-11.iso
1) the modules lack proper dependencies so one needs to probe network modules manually for PCMCIA 2) 8390.ko lacks symbols obviously because crc32.ko cannot be probed first since it does not exist 3) the both above made it impossible for me to use my PCMCIA network card and furthermore to use FTP as the install media at all, since this laptop has no network card built-in there was no way to get decent versions from the start 4) the packages cause Pacman to display the strangest warning I've seen so far. something about a syntax error on line 11 probably in the .PKGINFO 5) syslog-ng depends on libol for runtime. libol cannot be resolved cos it's not referenced in the package set on the cd
Anyhow I made it to do a forced manual install the hard way (pacman -Ad *.pkg.tar.gz) for base/.
First try was on: http://genesis.blogdns.net/packages/i586/repo/current
1) Pacman badly requires modification of it's defaults in pacman.* and makepkg.conf for i586 2) autoconf is broken, the autom4te binary is missing which made it impossible for me to build coreutils (there may be more packages around that it breaks) 3) pcmcia-cs is missing, which I again manually built with crunching my teeth :)
I started my own repository therefore and plan to contribute to address a lot of the mentioned issues as soon as the problems I heard about on IRC are solved.
My partitial current can be found here: http://archppc.kleiner-weise.de/archlinux/current/os/i586/
Keep in mind that it cannot be used as a current replacement yet but I plan to in the future. Also I updated gcc, binutils and glibc plus applied libtoolslaying to some of the packages.