Upgrade experience 5.1p10->5.2 Beta
jsmith at drexel.edu
Sat Nov 29 07:11:58 PST 2003
First I tried making world and kernel from the cvsup'ed standard
supfile. This went OK.
Then I did installkernel and installworld (in that order) and the second
step crashed with messages that shared libraries were missing. (It's as
if it installed some files before installing the shared libraries they
I was able to reboot and manually copy over many of the shared libraries
from /usr/obj/usr/src/lib to /usr/lib and this got rid of the complaints.
Then, I tried running make installworld again, just to be sure
everything got installed. This went for about 20 minutes and crashed with
gencat command not found.
Manually copying this over to /usr/bin (and manually copying all of the
shared libraries again, because they would be missing after the crashed
make installworld) didn't solve this problem. Odd, since the old system
had a gencat command too.
Finally, I just burned a CD with the 5.2 beta mini-install (using
Slackware Linux...). I ran upgrade and everything seems OK.
One problem: my Nvidia GEForce 2 MX card no longer works (of course, I
reinstalled the nvidia kernel driver). It has the same problem it had
more than a month ago when I was briefly tracking current:
attempting to use it reboots the machine. I type 'xinit' and see the
power-on self test screen for the motherboard appears. No error
I vaguely recall that I solved this the last time by setting parameters
in the bootloader that showed the AGP interface down. After doing that,
I could run X windows but any OpenGL (OpenUniverse, Celestia) rebooted
1. Will the AGP performance be brought up to the level of 5.1p10 before
5.2 is released (so I don't have to slow the AGP interface and can do
2. Why does the system fail in such an non-robust and uninformative
fashion? Why no error messages?
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