Subject: Re: Switching to 1.4Z
To: Hal Murray <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/31/2000 11:06:01
On Wed, May 31, 2000 at 01:37:08AM -0700, Hal Murray wrote:
> [...]
> 1.4Z supports the Promise Ultra66 IDE card.  (1.4.2 didn't.)  I've 
> got a card with 2 disks on each of these systems.  It turns out that 
> the disks on the Promise card are wd0 and wd1 and my old disks got 
> moved up to wd2 and wd3.  Is that a bug or a feature?  (It took me 
> a while to figure that out, but it's obvious if you look in the right 
> place.) 

The kernel numbers disks in the order it finds them. If your promise board
is in a lower PCI slot number than the on-board IDE then it will be probed

> The update option of the install recipe asked me which disk to use.  
> I told it wd2.  It tells me it doesn't like wd0.  I didn't double 
> double check that, but I did go through it twice.  Can anybody easily 
> confirm it?  Should this be PR-ed? 

Please send-pr, yes.

> Only one clock glitch so far:
>   May 30 13:43:20 hgm80d ntpd[167]: time reset 15.640742 s
>   May 30 13:43:20 hgm80d ntpd[167]: synchronisation lost
>   May 30 14:06:58 hgm80d ntpd[167]: time reset -0.393921 s
>   May 30 14:06:58 hgm80d ntpd[167]: synchronisation lost
> I think that was during one of the "easy" parts of my testing so
> I don't understand what happened.

Does the GENERIC kernel have 'options NTP' ?

> [...]
> I now see things like this in the log file.  I don't remember them 
> from 1.4.2.  Is this new or did I not scan the old logs carefully 
> enough?  Is some cron job looking at my disks?  Why?  .. 

Yes, it's the daily cron job, to save diskslabels in /var/backups/

Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI.