Subject: Re: Hung Reboot
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Brad Spencer <email@example.com>
Date: 09/01/1997 16:45:13
>From: "Tom T. Thai" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>sync;sync;reboot causes the system to pass the sync phase but hang at
I have been seeing this happen intermittently on both a VAX and an
i386 system recently. Sometimes it hangs immediately, sometimes just
after "Syncing disks..." sometimes after "Syncing disks...done".
Sometimes it makes it all the way.
I was seeing this a lot on the VAX over the past 2 weeks or so, and
suspected it was a port-specific problem. It hasn't happened much (or
maybe at all? I'm not sure) since I stopped netbooting the machine
and started booting it from local disk.
I am seeing this sort of thing on a Sun sparc IPX. The odd thing is that
a SS1 with nearly the exact same version of NetBSD doesn't do this.
The IPX always locks after the 'Syncing disks....' message.
The i386 machine where I just started seeing this problem (after
upgrading to -current from 8/30) is a diskless machine.
> Hypothesis: I need to installboot the 1.2G bootstrapping
>files? If this is so, when I
># installboot /usr/mdec/biosboot.sym /dev/rsd0a
>installboot: open raw partition RW: Device busy
>Should I be in single user mode to do this? The system seems to run fine
>(so far) with 1.0A bootstrapping codes.
I just upgraded my boot blocks on the server. My guess is that you
couldn't open the raw partition because your system was at securelevel
1. Try it from single-user mode. I was able to installboot from
multi-user mode but I have "options INSECURE" in my kernel config.
entropy -- it's not just a good idea, it's the second law.
Brad Spencer - email@example.com http://anduin.eldar.org