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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2003 11:03 pm    Post subject: Kernel Panic after install, but not using liveCD Reply with quote

I just recently installed Gentoo 1.4 for SPARC using a 1.4_rc4 LiveCD (sparc32) on my SparcStation 5 (110 MHz - 64 Mb RAM - 2x9Gb drives). It boots up and looks great until I throw a heavy emerge at it. During the build/install from the LiveCD there were no such problems.

I've sliced my drives up like this:
sda1 -> /boot -> 100Mb
sda2 -> swap -> 500Mb
sda3 <whole disk - sun disk label>
sda4 -> / -> 1.5Gb
sda5 -> /usr -> 2Gb
sda6 -> /tmp -> 3Gb
sda7 -> /home -> remainder
sdb1 -> /var -> 9Gb
sdb3 <whole disk - sun disk label>

It has an sbus QFE card in addition to the on board 10Mbit Sun Lance interface.

I've compiled a new 2.4.21-sparc-r1 kernel with ip_tables (my intent is to make this puppy a firewall at some point), but until then I'm going to use it as a workstation.

After all was done building and installing with the LiveCD, I could reboot and load the new kernel from disk without a problem (well, except for a problem loading the key mappings, but I'll fix that separately). I then tried to 'emerge xfree' and about 90% of the way through it (it was at the last package -- xfree), the machine froze solid with
Code:
Kernel panic: Aiee, killing interrupt handler!
In interrupt handler - not syncing


Subsequent reboots and retries haven't gotten me much further. The box kernel panics randomly at this point -- sometimes I can go a whole session with no problem as long as I don't try anything labor intensive and other times it'll panic relatively quickly. I can always reproduce it when attempting to emerge xfree though -- it panics right when it tries to unpack all of the source.

Anyone have any ideas? Is there something I compiled into the kernel that's killing things?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2003 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an update: I fixed the keymap loading issue by placing the full path to the keymapping file in /etc/rc.conf:
Code:
KEYMAP="/usr/share/keymaps/sun/sunkeymap.map.gz"

All is cool on that front after a restart.

Just for kicks, I kicked off an 'emerge xfree' and it is still compiling without a kernel panic. Could something as simple as the keymap fix this? Has anyone else had this come up? I'm keeping a close eye on it for now and will update if it panics again...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2003 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Argh! :x

No go -- I'm still getting kernel panics at random, but it did make it farther along the build process for xfree...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2003 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok I though you solved it, but apparently not, I had the same problem with 4 different boxes, and apparently noone else seems to be able to reproduce it. So I tried to compile my kernel with gcc3.2.x and thing are much better now.

You can get the ebuilds from
http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=24631

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2003 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll certainly give that a try and report back -- I've run out of other things to try at this point to stabilize things. :?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for bringing this back up -- it appears after booting from the LiveCD, running an rsync and emerging everything I needed, the system is stable. I was previously already running gcc3.2+...

From the LiveCD, I was able to rebuild the kernel, get X up and running with Fluxbox, etc. I've since run rsync, rebuilt the kernel a couple times and emerged iptables and fwbuilder without any kernel panics without booting with the LiveCD.

Now I'm trying to figure out what's up with my SBUS QFE interfaces, but that's another topic...
EDIT: I found this thread: http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=80772 that states the same symptoms I'm having, so I think I'll be able to fix the QFE inturrupt issues by remapping my prom via nvramrc...

Thanks for the direction xming!
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