FreeBSD-5.2 BETA & Davicom ethernet

Pete Bentley pete at
Wed Dec 3 09:34:31 PST 2003

On Wed, Dec 03, 2003 at 11:11:17AM +0100, Maxime Henrion wrote:
> Marius Strobl wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 02, 2003 at 05:33:19PM +0100, Maxime Henrion wrote:
> > > > > This is expected for now.  I coudln't find the time to add support for
> > > been reports of crashes with dc(4) cards under sparc64 at high load.  So
> > > I'm really reluctant to commit this.  Which makes me wonder : do you
> > > experience these crashes?
> > 
> > No. [...]
> > There now also seem to be several people that use onboard
> > Davicom NICs with FreeBSD/sparc64 and there where no new reports of
> > such crashes. In if_dc.c revision 1.122 and 1.123 mbr@ fixed a
> > Davicom-related bug, maybe it was also the cause for those crashes.
> That's definitely good news.  The reports I had about crashes were with
> other dc(4) NICs plugged into a PCI slot, not with onboard Davicom NICs
> if I remember correctly, but I could be wrong.  

I've been running various 5.1 currents on a X1 and not seen any
crashes at all since 1.123, although the box hasn't been worked
all that hard (download/make/install).

Note that the X1 and V100 have no PCI slots, so they can never can
a mix of onboard and PCI based dc cards.  The V120 and V180 have a PCI
slot, but I am not 100% sure what onboard ethernet hardware they have.

The one weird thing I did see on my last make installworld was that
'make -j 2' failed consistently but 'make' succeeded... 
Maybe related to those fork() issues we saw with Perl a way back?
I forget the exact error (sorry) but will try and reproduce, something
along the lines of "file format is not valid" when installing /bin/sh.


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