Subject: Re: seg fault on install
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Charles Shannon Hendrix <email@example.com>
Date: 05/07/2002 14:20:16
On Tue, May 07, 2002 at 03:35:27PM +0200, Thomas Runge wrote:
> > On Tue, May 07, 2002 at 07:46:28PM +1000, Murray Armfield wrote:
> > Although, can anybody explain why those kernels usually fail?
> Smells a bit like the mystical Sig11 problem:
Useful, but don't let it lead you to assume hardware failure every time
you see a sig11 or similar problem.
The fact is, it's much easier to blame and fix hardware than it is to
find obscure kernel and compiler bugs.
So, yes, check your hardware; most people forget this.
However, I too have occasional problems with install kernels, especially
FreeBSD, and on known good hardware. I have always blamed this on kernel bugs
simply because an install kernel has a lot more code in it than my custom
kernels do. I just assume it's an issue of exposing more bugs and dependency
problems otherwise known as bugs.
If you have trouble with an install but your system runs fine after
that--and you use all available memory and devices--then the problem is
not likely to be your hardware. I have had many systems run fine for
years, despite several problems during install, including the infamous
> The problem gets even worse now that we have UBC integrated. We are now
> using all available memory to cache data and faulty memory shows up quite
I've found this does catch more systems with faulty memory.
Of course, it has also caught more kernel bugs too.