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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks...I'll look into that.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The .configs for 2.6.25.20 and 2.6.26.8 in both x86 and x86_64 flavors have just been uploaded to the site.

Also, I am going to do another redo on the .configs. I'm finding far too many inconsistencies for my own liking. I'm thinking this should take a day or three. I'm going to take it slow so the next time I update, it will be because of new settings I'm trying out, not fixing my own oopses.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work Pappy! I have compiled a 2.6.25-gentoo-r8 kernel yesterday on a Sabayon box I am trying to re-gentooise. Kernel size went down from 4.6M to 2.7M, and no more initrd.

One question. The old setup used UUIDs in the boot parameters for Grub. Turned out the new kernel don't recognised those. Easily solved by simply deleting the UUID setup and changing to the actual hd names (i.e root=/dev/hda3 instead of root=UUID=xxxxxxxxxxxxx). Just for future reference, does those UUID settings require a switch the kernel config, or is it something in the initramfs that enables that?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, I can't answer that question.

I have always found initrd to be a bit too ham-handed for my tastes. The only time I used initrd was when I was running Slcakware-12, and in order to get hal/dbus to work you had to set up initrd and SMP support. Since Gentoo doesn't require such gymnastics, I have foregone the need for initrd.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have updated the .configs yet again. I worked on them side by side to help insure better settings consistency.

The intel microcode setting under Processor type and settings was turned off since it tended to bias toward intel chips. NFS support was increased by turning on both server and NFS version 4 support. The performance governor under CPU frequency scaling was set to default, and all other governors, as well as CPUfreq debugging was turned off. Hardware monitoring was turned on by default, as was RTC support and SATA support.

The new .configs are uploaded and ready to go. Enjoy!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clicking x86 or x86_64 gives me:

Object not found!

The requested URL was not found on this server. The link on the referring page seems to be wrong or outdated. Please inform the author of that page about the error.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Retry that...I made a mistake uploading the new stuff. :oops: It's up now...

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just added .configs for 2.6.27-gentoo-r3 in both x86 and x86_64 flavors. Enjoy!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i found if you get krnel panic after 2.6.27 r1 r2 r3 compile and on reboot the root = /dev/hdax should be changed to /dev/sdax
and correspondingly change the fstab lines also.
now my 2.6.27-r3 kernel works well with my desktop and laptop.
ofcourse i used my own make xconfig to make the .config.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm surprised no one has done this before. I haven't had a chance to look the seeds over (or use them), but great job! My next kernel build will be with your seeds 8)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

93nt00r0ck5, thanks for the message. I am surprised myself that no one had thought of it before. I am quite glad it was my idea. It makes up for some of the crap I endured with some of the folks that hung out at the linuxquestions Slackware forum.

When you give your new kernel a try, you will have more seeds to choose from. I just uploaded .configs for 2.6.26-gentoo-r3, 2.6.27-gentoo-r4, and 2.6.27.7 in both x86 and x86_64 flavors. Enjoy!

Pandoor, yes, my seeds are set with libata support enabled, and that makes hd(x) sd(x). You can disable that and enable the ATA/ATAPI/MFM/RLL support, but that option is seemingly going away more quickly than slowly. The new Gentoo install media favor the libata drivers. That's a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy,

Have you ever tried make randconfig?

README wrote:
"make randconfig" Create a ./.config file by setting symbol
values to random values.


I wonder if there actually is a useful purpose for this, and what that could be.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. I figure that setting a random configuration is probably as bad as not taking care to make sure you enable the proper hardware, or other settings. Having such a thing makes me wonder whose idea it was to put it in there...and why. Since I can't read their minds, I have to think it's a weird sort of geek comedy.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pappy_mcfae wrote:
I have to think it's a weird sort of geek comedy.


Ya, that's what I was thinking too.


Actually I tried it - just-for-fun. Of course as you could imagine, the result made absolutely no sense at all. :D
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's cool. I think I'll try it just to see what drops out...hehehe

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

notHerbert wrote:
Pappy,

Have you ever tried make randconfig? [...] I wonder if there actually is a useful purpose for this, and what that could be.


For fuzzing to track down possible build errors.
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Jesper Juhl summarized a recent experiment of compiling the latest Linux kernel 100 times with various configurations, resulting in 82 failed builds and thousands of warnings. Most of the builds utilized make randconfig which generates a random .config, and further inspection revealed that a significant percentage of these builds failed due to known configuration issues. Regarding warnings, Adrian Bunk pointed out that for most normal configurations things are much better, "not that our current situation [is] perfect, but the number of warnings in .config's people usually use isn't that bad."

http://kerneltrap.org/node/6256
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kevstar31 wrote:

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Jesper Juhl summarized a recent experiment of compiling the latest Linux kernel 100 times with various configurations, resulting in 82 failed builds and thousands of warnings. Most of the builds utilized make randconfig which generates a random .config, and further inspection revealed that a significant percentage of these builds failed due to known configuration issues. Regarding warnings, Adrian Bunk pointed out that for most normal configurations things are much better, "not that our current situation [is] perfect, but the number of warnings in .config's people usually use isn't that bad."

http://kerneltrap.org/node/6256


What a strange thing to do!? With a complex thing like a .config, why on earth would they think they would learn anything useful? Would take almost as long to get a useful .config this way as getting a Shakespeare play out of a flock of monkeys playing with typewriters.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:08 pm    Post subject: ! Reply with quote

Yes...that truly makes no sense. But then again, I'm not a kernel dev. While I can understand the reasoning to some point, to me, it still looks like some geeky joke. :shrug:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I updated the 2.6.27-gentoo through 2.6.27-gentoo-r4 kernels because of numerous errors. I noticed these errors when using one of my seeds to set up a new kernel for my Toshiba laptop.

It's a good thing I don't claim perfection. :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm cleaned my kernel with your seed.

One question : What is the point to activate nvram ? Is not only for atari systems ?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was set via make defconfig, and I never really questioned it. I'll have to take a look.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again, I have the newest .configs before the source hits portage. I have added .configs for 2.6.27.8 in both x86 and x86_64 flavors. Enjoy!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

archange wrote:
One question : What is the point to activate nvram ? Is not only for atari systems ?
No, not at all. nvram refers to the CMOS memory (BIOS settings, RTC, etc) in a PC. And while it's not really important, it's also nothing bad, either. The device /dev/nvram shows up, and contains data.

I have set it off in the 2.6.27.8 seeds. I am going to compile that into a kernel for this machine, and see if it causes any problems, or solves any. Depending on how that turns out, it might get turned off, since it would go against my philosophy of having unneeded things in the kernel.

I just love experimentation!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just added to the site, .configs for 2.6.27-gentoo-r5 in both x86 and x86_64 flavors. I'm also doing some more settings tweaks, which will most likely result in version four of the seeds. Fun, fun, fun 'til your Daddy takes the keyboard away.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just get an error when i try to access your site. Webserver down?
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