bc979 at lafn.org
Sun Apr 19 09:10:03 UTC 2009
On Apr 18, 2009, at 14:05, Doug Hardie wrote:
> I have encountered a rather interesting issue trying to install
> rc1. The system boots and then says there is no disk in the CD
> drive. The rc1 disk1 downloaded fine and the checksums matched.
> The CD will mount fine in other systems and can easily be read. I
> then let 7.0 boot on the test system and mounted the 7.2 cd. It
> mounts fine and I can read all the files ( well a few that I
> tested). Looking through the 7.0 dmesg I find some rather
> unexpected entries for the CD drive.
Since I can't boot the CD, I did a source update. Unfortunately I
seem to have downloaded one of the kernel modules while it was being
updated since it would not compile. Since it was for hardware I don't
have, I just commented it out and everything then built just fine.
#device ath # Atheros pci/cardbus NIC's
#device ath_hal # Atheros HAL (Hardware Access Layer)
#device ath_rate_sample # SampleRate tx rate control for ath
I usually run a stress test on new releases. Basically I open a ftp
to a server (local LAN) and download gigs of data - more than the
available free space on the drive. With 7.1, the download would hang
about 50% of the time. There was free space remaining on the drive.
The NIC was basically useless at that point. The only way to restore
it was to reboot. The particular machine I am using right now only
has an old decrepit rl NIC:
rl0: <RealTek 8139 10/100BaseTX> port 0xe000-0xe0ff mem
0xdd104000-0xdd1040ff irq 12 at device 13.0 on pci0
rlphy0: <RealTek internal media interface> PHY 0 on miibus0
rlphy0: 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
rl0: Ethernet address: 00:d0:09:d8:8f:ff
When running this test with 7.2-rc1 it always managed to make it to
disk full and then terminate gracefully. Looks like the rl NICs are
going to be usable. I had eliminated them from my production servers
a long time ago.
The only real issue I encountered was that the number of files you
have to respond to in mergemaster continues to grow (perhaps
exponentially). For my machine I maintain the source on thats no big
issue. However, it does cause a lot of additional down time for the
servers. I am going to have to dig through mergemaster to see if
there is some way to tell it to automatically install the updates to
specific directories (e.g., periodic, security, rc.d etc.). I never
touch them and they contribute the majority of manual entries.
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