Installworld problem on sparc64?

Garance A Drosihn drosih at
Wed Jul 21 13:19:33 PDT 2004

Apologies if this has come up recently, and I just missed it.

I did a buildworld/buildkernel/installkernel yesterday, and it
seemed to work fine.  I then went to reboot, to do the installworld.
If I try to boot in single-user mode, the startup process hangs
right after:  Mounting root from ufs:/dev/ad0a

If I just boot up normally (not bothering with single-user), it
comes up fine.  The line that shows up after "Mounting root" is:
    Pre-seeding PRNG: kickstart.

So I do the normal boot-up, and then type `shutdown' to get into
single-user mode.  Again the machine hangs.  I have to power-off
and back on to get it's attention.

Eventually I booted up multi-user, just killed a few daemons,
and ran installworld.  That seems to have gone okay.  I was able
to reboot after doing the installworld, and it comes up pretty
much okay (a few minor messages from ntpd, but otherwise nothing
seems unusual).  A `shutdown -r' also works fine.  However, if I
try to do a plain 'shutdown now', the machine again hangs.  It
stops after writing out:
    Stopping cron.
    Shutting down local daemons:.
    Writing entropy file:.
and never comes up asking me for which shell I want to run (where
/bin/sh would be the default).  Also, now that I have completely
upgraded, I still can not seem to boot in single-user mode, as I
described above.

Has anyone else seen this?  I am working with a slightly odd
setup here, so it might be a side-effect of something I have done.

My install is working off the regular console (keyboard/monitor
setup), not a serial-console setup, on an Ultra-10.

Garance Alistair Drosehn            =   gad at
Senior Systems Programmer           or  gad at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute    or  drosih at

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