Subject: Re: Problems with 1.3-ALPHA
To: Mark Andres <email@example.com>
From: Bill Studenmund <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 11/04/1997 17:23:23
> I am using a Macintosh IIcx with 20MB of RAM, a 730MB Quantum HD, and was
> previosuly running 1.2.1. I downloaded the 1.3-ALPHA snapshot for the
> mac68k port. I am now in the process of installing it. I am following the
> same procedure I used to upgrade from 1.2 to 1.2.1. Namely,
> I booted single user and mounted my partitions read/write.
> I went to the root directory ( cd / ) and then did
> tar --unlink -zxvpf base.tar.gz
> This was the base snapshot for 1.3-ALPHA. Tar did its stuff and seemed to
> untar everything without any problems. However, now I cannot use any
> commands. All commands come up with the same error message:
> Bad system call - core dumped
> I tried 'ls', 'tar', 'cat', even 'halt' and 'shutdown' do not work. At
> this point, I am wide open to suggestions, since I cannot even shutdown my
I've run into this problem before. I'm not exactly sure what I did, but
there are a few things you could try.
Wait. Are you running a 1.3_ALPHA kernel? If not, you will loose horidly.
BAD things happen if the kernel is versions behind the binaries.
If you're running a 1.3 kernel, drop into the debugger, and then
in the debugger. That will shut things down after syncing the disks.
Another option would be to just log out. I think the time I ran into this
problem, the main thing was that my current shell was sick. re-forking
my login shell got things set up right enogh that all was well.