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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:16 pm    Post subject: Old Machines, new life with issues/question Reply with quote

This week my old, SunFire UltraSparc IIe cluster had some majors hardware issues about of 3/6 went, and i had to rebuild a few of them, using very specific setup, that took me about 6 hours to get going.

I'll skip all the pain a suffering, but i used the 2007 universal CD, because that is the only liveCD that has a bootable kernel (2.6.17-r9) for these machines.

So basically everything eventually got updated and running but i am running into 2 issues:

1. kgcc64-4.1.1 is blocking kgcc64-4.1.2, even with multislot USE, i can't get this blocker to be resolved.

2. regardless the version of udev, the machines won't boot without UDEV set to log in INFO. I followed every ancient post regarding udev, and it doesn't seem help. It seems that the extraneous amounts of logging slows the process down enough for the machine to finish processing udev_seq's . I rebooted like 9 times in a row and it works everytime, if i turn udev back to default logging, it just stalls on waiting for udev to process uevents. Is this just one of things that should be chalked up to, "It works, don't jinx it" type situations?

These machines have been Good to me, had a 3.5 year uptime!!! They are 6 identical machines, including HD's memory, etc..

Any hints or suggestions would be great!


emerge --info:


Portage (default/linux/sparc/2008.0/server, gcc-4.1.2, glibc-2.6.1-r0, 2.6.17-gentoo-r9 sparc64)
System uname: 2.6.17-gentoo-r9 sparc64 sun4u
Timestamp of tree: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 13:00:02 +0000
ccache version 2.4 [disabled]
app-shells/bash:     3.2_p33
dev-lang/python:     2.4.3-r4, 2.5.2-r7
dev-python/pycrypto: 2.0.1-r6
dev-util/ccache:     2.4-r7
sys-devel/autoconf:  2.13, 2.61-r2
sys-devel/automake:  1.9.6-r2, 1.10.1-r1
sys-devel/binutils:  2.18-r3
sys-devel/gcc-config: 1.4.0-r4
sys-devel/libtool:   1.5.26
virtual/os-headers:  2.6.23-r3
CFLAGS="-O2 -mcpu=ultrasparc -pipe"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/ca-certificates.conf /etc/env.d /etc/gconf /etc/revdep-rebuild /etc/terminfo"
EMERGE_DEFAULT_OPTS="-a -v --with-bdeps=y"
FEATURES="ccahe distlocks metadata-transfer sandbox sfperms strict unmerge-orphans userfetch"
PORTAGE_RSYNC_OPTS="--recursive --links --safe-links --perms --times --compress --force --whole-file --delete --stats --timeout=180 --exclude=/distfiles --exclude=/local --exclude=/packages"
USE="acl apache2 bash-completion berkdb bzip2 cli cracklib crypt cups dri fortran gcc64 gdbm gpm iconv ipv6 isdnlog java6 javamail jboss jdbc jpeg ldap libwww mailwrapper midi mpeg mudflap mysql ncurses nls nptl nptlonly odbc openmp pam pcre perl png postgres pppd python readline reflection session snmp sparc spl ssl sysfs tcpd truetype unicode xml xorg zlib" 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_own er authz_user autoindex cache dav dav_fs dav_lock deflate dir disk_cache env exp ires ext_filter file_cache filter headers include info log_config logio mem_cach e mime mime_magic negotiation rewrite setenvif speling status unique_id userdir usertrack vhost_alias proxy_ajp proxy_balancer proxy_connect proxy_http proxy" APACHE2_MPMS="prefork" ELIBC="glibc" INPUT_DEVICES="keyboard mouse evdev" KERNEL="linux" LCD_DEVICES="bayrad cfontz cfontz633 glk hd44780 lb216 lcdm001 mtxorb ncurses text" USERLAND="GNU" VIDEO_CARDS="fbdev glint mach64 mga r128 radeon sunbw2 suncg14 suncg3 suncg6 sunffb sunleo tdfx voodoo"
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For .1, try unmerging kgcc64 and reemerging it.
For the second, no clue
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