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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: alpha: not booting kernels >=2.6.27 [SOLVED] Reply with quote

hi,

on my alphapc 164lx i cannot boot kernels >= 2.6.27. so far i tried gentoo-sources-2.6.27-r{7,8}.
i will try other ones too, but i am not too optimistic.
because of this i believe that it will not make much sense to try .28 kernels.
the result can be seen here.
any hints very welcome.
Code:
# emerge --info
Portage 2.2_rc23 (default/linux/alpha/2008.0, gcc-4.1.2, glibc-2.9_p20081201-r1, 2.6.26-gentoo-r2-blackbit alpha)
=================================================================
System uname: Linux-2.6.26-gentoo-r2-blackbit-alpha-EV56-with-glibc2.0
Timestamp of tree: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 10:10:01 +0000
ccache version 2.4 [enabled]
app-shells/bash:     3.2_p39
dev-lang/python:     2.4.4-r14, 2.5.2-r7
dev-python/pycrypto: 2.0.1-r6
dev-util/ccache:     2.4-r7
sys-apps/baselayout: 2.0.0
sys-apps/openrc:     0.3.0-r1
sys-apps/sandbox:    1.2.18.1-r2
sys-devel/autoconf:  2.63
sys-devel/automake:  1.10.2
sys-devel/binutils:  2.18-r3
sys-devel/gcc-config: 1.4.0-r4
sys-devel/libtool:   1.5.26
virtual/os-headers:  2.6.28-r1
ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="alpha"
CBUILD="alpha-unknown-linux-gnu"
CFLAGS="-mieee -O2 -mcpu=ev56"
CHOST="alpha-unknown-linux-gnu"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/ca-certificates.conf /etc/env.d /etc/gconf /etc/gentoo-release /etc/revdep-rebuild /etc/terminfo /etc/udev/rules.d"
CXXFLAGS="-mieee -O2 -mcpu=ev56"
DISTDIR="/usr/portage/distfiles"
FEATURES="ccache distlocks fixpackages parallel-fetch preserve-libs protect-owned sandbox sfperms strict unmerge-orphans userfetch"
GENTOO_MIRRORS="http://distfiles.gentoo.org/"
LDFLAGS="-Wl,-O1"
PKGDIR="/usr/portage/packages"
PORTAGE_RSYNC_OPTS="--recursive --links --safe-links --perms --times --compress --force --whole-file --delete --stats --timeout=18
0 --exclude=/distfiles --exclude=/local --exclude=/packages"
PORTAGE_TMPDIR="/var/tmp"
PORTDIR="/usr/portage"
SYNC="rsync://rsync.gentoo.org/gentoo-portage"
USE="acl alpha apache2 atm bash-completion berkdb bzip2 cli cracklib crypt cscope dri fortran gdbm gpm iconv ipv6 isdnlog maildir midi mudflap ncurses nls nptl nptlonly openmp pam pcre perl pppd python readline reflection session spl ssl sysfs tcpd unicode vim -syntax xml xorg zlib" ALSA_CARDS="ali5451 als4000 bt87x ca0106 cmipci emu10k1 ens1370 ens1371 es1938 es1968 fm801 hda-intel intel 8x0 maestro3 trident usb-audio via82xx ymfpci" ALSA_PCM_PLUGINS="adpcm alaw asym copy dmix dshare dsnoop empty extplug file hooks iec958 ioplug ladspa lfloat linear meter mmap_emul mulaw multi null plug rate route share shm softvol" APACHE2_MODULES="access auth auth_dbm auth_anon auth_digest alias file-cache echo charset-lite cache disk-cache mem-cache ext-filter case_filter case-filter-in deflate mime-magic cern-meta expires headers usertrack unique-id proxy proxy-connect proxy-ftp proxy-http info include cgi cgid dav dav-fs vhost-alias speling rewrite log_config logio env setenvif mime status autoindex asis negotiation dir imap actions user dir so filter unique_id authz_host" ELIBC="glibc" INPUT_DEVICES="keyboard mouse evdev" KERNEL="linux" LCD_DEVICES="bayrad cfontz c fontz633 glk hd44780 lb216 lcdm001 mtxorb ncurses text" USERLAND="GNU" VIDEO_CARDS="fbdev glint mach64 mga nv r128 radeon savage tdfx vga voodoo"
Unset:  CPPFLAGS, CTARGET, EMERGE_DEFAULT_OPTS, FFLAGS, INSTALL_MASK, LANG, LC_ALL, LINGUAS, MAKEOPTS, PORTAGE_COMPRESS, PORTAGE_COMPRESS_FLAGS, PORTAGE_RSYNC_EXTRA_OPTS, PORTDIR_OVERLAY

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the 2.6.28 series is known to be bad on Alpha.

Recently an Alpha/Linux Kernel developer came alive and submitted quite a few patches to fix bugs. I believe the bug you're seeing is fixed in 2.6.29. I'm running 2.6.29_rc2 on my UP1500 happily.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i just compiled 2.6.29-rc5. same problem as with .27 series.
any more ideas?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In this thread, the user could not boot his Miata when the Alpha system type was set to Miata, but could boot when it was set to generic.

I'd be worth a shot to set System setup -> Alpha system type to generic.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the system type is set to generic. but i could try the other way round and set s specific type.
my system is a alphapc 164lx, an available system type, although uname -i says: EB164, which would be available as an option too in the kernel config.
what would you choose?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

matt, could you please post the output of emerge --info of the machine where you are running 2.6.29_rc2?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex.blackbit wrote:
matt, could you please post the output of emerge --info of the machine where you are running 2.6.29_rc2?


Well, I can:

Portage 2.1.6.7 (default/linux/alpha/2008.0, gcc-4.3.3, glibc-2.9_p20081201-r1, 2.6.29-rc2 alpha)
=================================================================
System uname: Linux-2.6.29-rc2-alpha-EV68AL-with-glibc2.0
Timestamp of tree: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 17:45:01 +0000
distcc 3.1 alpha-unknown-linux-gnu [enabled]
app-shells/bash: 3.2_p48-r1
dev-lang/python: 2.4.4-r15, 2.5.4-r2
dev-util/cmake: 2.6.2-r1
sys-apps/baselayout: 2.0.0
sys-apps/openrc: 0.4.3-r1
sys-apps/sandbox: 1.3.6
sys-devel/autoconf: 2.13, 2.63
sys-devel/automake: 1.5, 1.7.9-r1, 1.9.6-r2, 1.10.2
sys-devel/binutils: 2.19.1
sys-devel/gcc-config: 1.4.1
sys-devel/libtool: 2.2.6a
virtual/os-headers: 2.6.28-r1
ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="alpha ~alpha"
CBUILD="alpha-unknown-linux-gnu"
CFLAGS="-mieee -pipe -O2 -mcpu=ev67"
CHOST="alpha-unknown-linux-gnu"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/kde/3.5/env /usr/kde/3.5/share/config /usr/kde/3.5/shutdown /usr/share/config"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/ca-certificates.conf /etc/env.d /etc/fonts/fonts.conf /etc/gconf /etc/gentoo-release /etc/revdep-rebuild /etc/sandbox.d /etc/terminfo /etc/texmf/language.dat.d /etc/texmf/language.def.d /etc/texmf/updmap.d /etc/texmf/web2c /etc/udev/rules.d"
CXXFLAGS="-mieee -pipe -O2 -mcpu=ev67"
DISTDIR="/usr/portage/distfiles"
FEATURES="distcc distlocks fixpackages parallel-fetch protect-owned sandbox sfperms strict unmerge-orphans usepkg userfetch userpriv usersandbox"
GENTOO_MIRRORS="http://mirrors.sec.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/gentoo/ http://gentoo.tiscali.nl/"
INSTALL_MASK="/etc/udev/rules.d/75-persistent-net-generator.rules /lib/udev/rules.d/75-persistent-net-generator.rules"
LDFLAGS="-Wl,-O1"
MAKEOPTS="-j2"
PKGDIR="/usr/portage/packages"
PORTAGE_RSYNC_OPTS="--recursive --links --safe-links --perms --times --compress --force --whole-file --delete --stats --timeout=180 --exclude=/distfiles --exclude=/local --exclude=/packages"
PORTAGE_TMPDIR="/var/tmp"
PORTDIR="/usr/portage"
PORTDIR_OVERLAY="/usr/local/portage /usr/local/portage/layman/nouveau"
SYNC="rsync://rsync5.de.gentoo.org/gentoo-portage"
USE="X acl alpha alsa apache2 audiofile bash-completion berkdb bzip2 calendar cdparanoia cdr cli cracklib crypt dio dri encode ethereal exif ffmpeg fftw firefox flac fortran ftp gdbm gpm iconv imlib2 isdnlog jpeg kdeenablefinal libcaca lua mad matroska midi mmap mng moznocompose moznoirc moznomail mozsvg mpeg mudflap ncurses network-cron nls nptl nptlonly offensive ogg openmp pam pcre pdflib perl png pnm ppds pppd python rar readline recode reflection session sharedmem sockets sox spl ssl svg sysfs szip tcpd tetex theora truetype unicode usb v4l v4l2 vcd vidix vim vim-pager vlm vorbis xcb xorg xosd xpm xvid zlib" ALSA_CARDS="ali5451 als4000 bt87x ca0106 cmipci emu10k1 ens1370 ens1371 es1938 es1968 fm801 hda-intel intel8x0 maestro3 trident usb-audio via82xx ymfpci" ALSA_PCM_PLUGINS="adpcm alaw asym copy dmix dshare dsnoop empty extplug file hooks iec958 ioplug ladspa lfloat linear meter mmap_emul mulaw multi null plug rate route share shm softvol" APACHE2_MODULES="actions alias auth_basic authn_alias authn_anon authn_dbm authn_default authn_file authz_dbm authz_default authz_groupfile authz_host authz_owner authz_user autoindex cache dav dav_fs dav_lock deflate dir disk_cache env expires ext_filter file_cache filter headers include info log_config logio mem_cache mime mime_magic negotiation rewrite setenvif speling status unique_id userdir usertrack vhost_alias" ELIBC="glibc" INPUT_DEVICES="keyboard mouse" KERNEL="linux" LCD_DEVICES="bayrad cfontz cfontz633 glk hd44780 lb216 lcdm001 mtxorb ncurses text" USERLAND="GNU" VIDEO_CARDS="vga glint mga nvidia vesa r128 nouveau"
Unset: CPPFLAGS, CTARGET, EMERGE_DEFAULT_OPTS, FFLAGS, LANG, LC_ALL, LINGUAS, PORTAGE_COMPRESS, PORTAGE_COMPRESS_FLAGS, PORTAGE_RSYNC_EXTRA_OPTS

That's a UP1500. Unfortunately, I don't have any LX164 (nor anything similar enough). I'd go with the specific machine type setting (EB164).
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

klausman wrote:
I'd go with the specific machine type setting (EB164).


In this case, the the board has a specific machine type (LX164).

Alex, I'd suggest that you file a bug report upstream in the Kernel Bugzilla.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very weird.
i just got kernel 2.6.27-gentoo-r7 with system type generic working.
prior to compiling it i upgraded glibc to 2.9_p20081201-r2 and gcc to 4.3.3. i wonder if really that can make the difference.
anyway, i am currently compiling 2.6.29_rc2. let's see what it does.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2.6.27-gentoo-r8 working too.
now going for 2.6.29-rc2.
EDIT: 2.6.29-rc2 working too. very nice.
now going for 2.6.29-rc5 again.
EDIT: 2.6.29-rc5 working too. no idea what really changed the situation.
at least it works now.
thanks for the help.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like we again underestimated... magic.

Great to hear that it works. :)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fortunately i made a photo of the screen. otherwise i would think i am totally insane.
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