kernel panic installing 5.4-release

Kris Kennaway kris at
Thu Apr 5 15:01:45 UTC 2007

On Wed, Apr 04, 2007 at 08:28:56PM -0400, m yelle wrote:
> Because it's an *old* server, and because 5.4-r should
> be a mature enough distribution by now that any bugs
> which were going to be fixed would already be fixed.

Sorry, that's just not how it works :)

FreeBSD 6.2 supports the same hardware, and has 2 years of further bug
fixes.  In addition 5.4 is no longer supported (it is not even the
most recent 5.x release!)

> I could only find one reference to a problem like this
> one, and in that case it was happening in 6.x, which
> indicates that whatever the problem is, it hasn't been
> fixed.

No, it indicates that there was another problem which: 

* may or may not be the same as yours.  "Similar panic string" is no
  indication of cause.

* may or may not be fixed, because "6.x" encompasses several years of
  releases and bugfixes.

> Which implies that it's either considered to be
> not a problem by way of an easy workaround, or that
> it's not an important problem due to not happening
> very often. Either way, an answer to the question at
> hand would be much appreciated.

Please update to 6.2 and file a bug report if the problem persists.

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