Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 10901
Sparc installation crashes when installing glibc
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:55 EDT
The Sparc installation has crashed for me multiple times at the same point
installing the glibc rpm, off a CD. The first few times I suspected that
it was perhaps a bad burn of the iso image, but it was reburned and still
had the same problem. The only error/diagnostic messages I get are
installation program exited abnormally, then unmounting filesystems,
turning off swap, etc.
What kind of Sparc station is this? What installation type are you performing?
I have the same type of problem, both in graphical and text-based install.
Everything seems to go fine right up to the point of laying the RPMs on the
disk. The symptoms are various:
Signal 11 exit - must reboot
Signal 7 exit - must reboot
Installer hangs, no progress right after glibc (waited several hours)
Hangs, no progress right after disk format
Hangs, no progress during disk format
This is a SparcStation 5, 64 MB Ram, 2.1 GB SCSI internal, stock Sun video & TP
ethernet onboard. Very annoying, making me consider Mandrake/SPARC instead.....
Oh yeah, not only both graphic and text install, but every type of install I
try including Gnome, KDE, server, and custom. glibc-2.1.3-15 is in all of
these I believe ;-)
firstname.lastname@example.org: the only thing that I can imagine from the variety of the error
messages you are getting is that you are having hardware problems. The signal 7
that you received is a "bad memory access" error, and the other errors could be
the result of that. We have a SS5 in the lab, so I am going to attempt an
installation on it. What installation method are you using (CDROM, NFS, etc.)?
I just performed a NFS installation (default package selection) on a
SparcStation 5 in the test lab in text-mode without any problems.
I'm also getting this problem on my Sparc5. It just stops ~60% thru installing
glibc. After about 30 secs, a white border appears around the screen, and I'm
forced to do a stop-a and reboot. All the normal keys stop working, so I can't
get any errors. We are tring other machines as I type, so I'll let you know.
Mine is a SparcStation 5 as well. It has 128 megs of ram and has
the same symptoms as pug. I've only tried a CD install since thats
the only removeable media it has, so booting for a net install is
a little difficult.
Test lab please try to replicate.
unable to replicate in test lab ...
I too have a SS5, 64Mb, 4Gb IBM, CD. Installing off the CDROM locks
up the installer - occurs during the "Installing Packages" phase.
Heard what I thought were SCSI resets until the lockup occurred.
Quite annoying... pls resolve ASAP!
I have installed Solaris 8 (initial release) on the same SparcStation 5 with no
problems at all. Since Sun now includes a lot of the GNU tools (on a separate
CD) and source is available (though not "open/free" in the GPL manner), you
might want to take a closer look.
Thanks Sherill... I need Linux for some experimentation I'm doing which I can't
do on SunOS.
By some fluke (I suppose after 20 or so attempts) the install completed. I did
some things (modifying SCSI ID of the HDD and using a different CDROM drive)
but I don't believe these had much to do with it. Also, I only used the CDROM
to boot, and installed the packages via FTP.
With redhat installed, I now get sporadic lockups - the longest the machine has
been up is a few hours, with the average being maybe 10 minutes depending on
what I'm doing on the machine (I just did a 'ps' before writing in this comment
and the machine hung. I guess this means it's not just the CD installation that's
the problem, but a much broader SCSI issue.
The problem is definetely SCSI related. I wonder if it's related to bug ID 4608
and other similar SCSI-related issues.
thanks to all for following up on this issue ... it seems clear that you are
having a frustrating time with this issue ... we are not able to duplicate this
problem with our test lab equipment (Sparc 5, Sparc 20, Axil ...)
... I will mark this issue as deferred to a future release ... thank you for
your efforts ...!
SPARC is not a supported platform.