(Sorry about the previous message, I forgot these lists are text-only!
If an admin could please
delete that, I would appeciate it.)
First off, I'd like to thank all involved with the Fedora/Sparc project
for your ideas and input
on getting a successful install with the Core 12 Sparc distro. I found
that tampering with the
partitioning at all is a 'bad thing', and succeeded with a stock install
using a combination of
ttyS0 and VNC. Incidentally, on the 280R, console=ttyS0 will also cause
the install to hang if it is
included in the boot script, so everything past the initial OBP boot to
the cdrom needs to be
performed in VNC. I also had to re-initialize the FC-AL drives to get a
after 2 tries in the text mode.
After re-booting and doing some updates, I'm still getting some
dependency failures on some
packages I try to install, but it may be related to not pointing to the
right repos. If someone can
point me the right direction on that, I would appreciate it.
The only outstanding problem I have at the moment is that Gnome in VNC
has a recurring loop
that is trying to open Nautilus (i.e. 100+ icons in the taskbar and
growing). I tried killing the
process, but to no avail. It keeps retrying indefinitely. Is there some
way I can clear the session
cache *before* I start the vncserver service to try to clear this?
Thanks! (I do have Midnight
Commander installed and have SSH access to perform any necessary command
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Hello there, I'm a regular Fedora-x86 user trying to load linux onto Sparc,
and I have questions: I have a Sun Netra 240 server *without* a video card.
It is connected to a private LAN with a static ip address.
Q1. If I install Fedora 12 (dvd-rom) using the console, can I get to a
gui-type Desktop like Kde? If so, how?
Q2. Can the Netra 240 use a non-Sun video card? I have a SiS 6326 PCI card
My objective is to implement a terminal server with secure remote login so
my team can manage various pieces of equipment.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.....thanks
As many of you suggested I tried Fedora 12 beta on SPARC, and having a bit of issue at start.
Booted CDROM, disk1, all goes well, then when I try to partition installation disk, it fails on adding swap partition. And I tried couple times, each time 'un-handled exception occurs'. Then I booted Aurora 2.0 from another IDE disk ( I managed to install Aurora 2.0 while Aurora 2.99 is no go, can't handle IDE disks ), and partition that disk for installation, i.e. added boot root and swap partitions.
Then booted Fedora install cd, when selected that disk for install as is, clicked next, an 'un-handled exception occurs'. Although have no idea yet, it does sound something to do with swap.
The disk in question is Maxtor 18gb IDE disk, which I used before so I know is OK. SUN Ultra 5 is with 512mb of RAM.
It offers me option to debug, but before doing so I was gonna ask if anyone had similar problem with Fedora 12 beta?
On 2 Jun 2010, at 05:23, Dennis Gilmore wrote:
> On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 11:08:21 pm Mohd Irwan Jamaluddin wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 4:26 PM, Milan Ponjevic <m.ponjevic(a)sky.com> wrote:
>>> Hi Guys,
>>> I am a novice to linux on SUN Ultra 5 hardware, so forgive me if my
>>> question is stupid. First of all I am trying to install from CDROM, the
>>> bootable cdrom disk I created from
>>> .99/iso/AL-2.99-sparc-disc1.iso> file. I had initial problem booting from
>>> it, giving me ' memory address not aligned' error. Found out that my OBP
>>> firmware was old so I had to upgrade from 3.25, to 3.31. Then it booted
>>> fine, but when choosing install media, it says it does not have a driver
>>> for that media?! And I selected local CDROM for install?!
>>> It is IDE CDROM, as well as internal disk. Do I have to supply driver for
>>> it, and if yes where to find it?
>> Not too sure if this pointer can help you, but it's worth to try:
>> Aurora's mailing list is a better place to ask,
> aurora linux is currently dead. we are doing all the work in Fedora now. the
> correct list is at https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/sparc i
> should have pointed that out earlier. sorry for not doing so.
> Sparc-list mailing list
The Wiki at wiki.auroralinux.net is throwing an internal server error....
While somewhat outdated, it is still a source of some useful information.
The wayback machine ( www.archive.org ) has a copy, though, in case it's down for the count.
Finally found the magic to get my V480 (quad 1200MHz and 16GB mem) running
Fedora 12 Beta. Here are some tricks (or travesties) I did to get it
working. . .
After many noprobe boots, I finally found the trick was to prevent the pata
driver (pata_cmd64x ) from loading because it was crashing (kernel panic -
not syncing: Irrecoverable deferred error trap). The built-in Ethernet
(cassini) might have some problems causing crashes when using the network
for net install, so I put an old HME card in and use it for the net install.
Installation worked fine after that (I used the url method pointing to
another PC with http running and mounting in my web server the full Fedora
12 Beta DVD). I booted with the net install CD on the V480.
Here is the boot command that got the V480 install working:
linux vnc blacklist=pata_cmd64x blacklist=cassini
I also dropped the console=ttyS0,9600 as it was causing a hang at NMI
(someone reported that before). I have not gone back to test the cassini
Ethernet yet as the HME card is working fine. Oh, I pulled the RCS card out
and used the V480's serial port. Had to put the power-key into the debug
position, then could see obp and setenviron as needed. After that, I put
the power-key back to the standard run position and could then use standard
serial I/O to boot crdom, and then enter boot commands.
On first boot after install it looks like it hangs from the serial console,
but it booted and I could ssh into it. To fix this, I removed the rhgb and
quiet from the /boot/silo.conf so now messages display during boot.
However, there is no interactive console once it boots. ssh works and I
installed vnc for graphical access. Here are some basic additions I needed:
rpm --import RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-12-sparc64
yum install tigervnc-server
/etc/rc.d/init.d/iptables stop (internal network so I stopped it rather
than poke a hole for vnc)
yum install xpdf
yum install control-center-extra
I really appreciate all the hard work and valued comments from the people
supporting SPARC and posting on this list. It has helped me for years since
I first discovered Aurora . ..
PS the V480 with 4 CPUs draws about 5.5 to 6 Amps. Would cost me almost $40
a month to run it. I guess it gets powered down . . . . L
[root@V480 ~]# uname -a
Linux V480 184.108.40.206-72.fc12.sparc64 #1 SMP Sat Mar 13 11:56:41 CST 2010
sparc64 sparc64 sparc64 GNU/Linux
[root@V480 ~]# cat /etc/issue
Fedora release 12 (Constantine)
Kernel \r on an \m (\l)
[root@V480 ~]# cat /proc/cpuinfo
cpu : TI UltraSparc III+ (Cheetah+)
fpu : UltraSparc III+ integrated FPU
pmu : ultra3+
prom : OBP 4.13.0 2004/01/19 18:26
type : sun4u
ncpus probed : 4
ncpus active : 4
D$ parity tl1 : 0
I$ parity tl1 : 0
Cpu0ClkTck : 0000000047868c00
Cpu1ClkTck : 0000000047868c00
Cpu2ClkTck : 0000000047868c00
Cpu3ClkTck : 0000000047868c00
MMU Type : Cheetah+
[root@V480 ~]# free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 16242 16219 23 0 1917 13248
-/+ buffers/cache: 1052 15190
Swap: 10175 1 10174
[root@V480 ~]# lsmod
Module Size Used by
nls_utf8 1413 0
nfs 285374 1
lockd 68589 1 nfs
fscache 45578 1 nfs
nfs_acl 2605 1 nfs
auth_rpcgss 40558 1 nfs
ext2 71428 0
fuse 56037 2
sunrpc 204447 12 nfs,lockd,nfs_acl,auth_rpcgss
nf_conntrack_ipv6 20106 2
ip6t_REJECT 4677 2
ip6table_filter 2783 1
ip6_tables 17411 1 ip6table_filter
ipv6 298352 40 nf_conntrack_ipv6,ip6t_REJECT
dm_multipath 15631 0
uinput 7526 0
ses 6209 0
enclosure 7182 1 ses
sunhme 26741 0
qla2xxx 238331 2
lpfc 382675 9
scsi_transport_fc 45046 2 qla2xxx,lpfc
scsi_tgt 10249 1 scsi_transport_fc
ata_generic 3611 0
[root@V480 ~]# df
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
24G 6.7G 16G 30% /
tmpfs 8.0G 160K 8.0G 1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1 190M 27M 155M 15% /boot
/dev/mapper/VGn-LV 2.2T 1.1T 1006G 52% /mnt10
fn:/ZFS2 917G 595G 322G 65% /mnt11
[root@V480 ~]# lspci
0000:00:03.0 Bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. EBUS (rev 01)
0000:00:03.1 Ethernet controller: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Happy Meal
10/100 Ethernet [hme] (rev 01) (note: added to get around cassini ethernet
0000:00:06.0 IDE interface: Silicon Image, Inc. PCI0646 (rev 07)
0001:00:02.0 Fibre Channel: Emulex Corporation LP8000 Fibre Channel Host
Adapter (rev 02) (this access my FC array - 2.2TB ;-)
0002:00:01.0 Bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. RIO EBUS (rev 01)
0002:00:01.3 USB Controller: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. RIO USB (rev
0002:00:02.0 Ethernet controller: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Cassini
10/100/1000 (rev 11)
0003:00:01.0 Ethernet controller: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Cassini
10/100/1000 (rev 11)
0003:00:02.0 SCSI storage controller: QLogic Corp. QLA2200 64-bit Fibre
Channel Adapter (rev 05)
After letting the SB1000 F12beta install percolate for a while, I decided to
take my spare SCSI DVD-ROM drive out of the second SB1000, and put it in the
E6500. After the 20 minute boot up wait on the E6500 (takes a right long
while to boot 17CPU's and 20GB of RAM on one!), I was able to boot the F12Beta
ISO, issuing a 'linux vnc vncpassword=xxxxxx console=ttyS0,9600' and it
started coming up.
However, once the initrd has come up, it can no longer find the DVD. Since I'm
on a serial console, it's difficult to see what's going on. And copy/paste from
GTKTERM I've not figured out, yet....
I try to load the Sun ESP driver, but it still doesn't find anything. Any
parameters I need to pass to the driver for the SBUS ESP on the E6500 to
recognize the DVD?
I set a static IP address for eth0, but the install used a dynamic on eth0,
and set the other ethernets to the static address I set up.
Since I was using a vnc install, I hit enter and got a shell, and did an
'ifconfig ethX down' for each of the unused ethernets (in my case, eth1, eth2,
and eth3). I could then connect via vnc.
More posts as I continue.
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