Subject: Re: Sparc questions
To: Benjamin Walkenhorst <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 11/18/2004 23:03:54
On Thu, Nov 18, 2004 at 09:20:51PM +0100, Benjamin Walkenhorst wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I can finally call a SPARCstation20 my own! =)
> The CPU says "Super SPARC Microprocessor TMS390" and apparently runs at 
> 50 MHz, the
> machine has 64 MB RAM and a 2GB SCSI HDD. I put in a SCSI CD-ROM I had 
> around and
> installed NetBSD successfully.
> Since I have no prior experience in non-x86-hardware, nor documentation for
> the machine, I have some questions; I'll try to keep them as 
> NetBSD-related as possible. =)
> 1.The hard-drive is really *loud*. I mean, whoa - that hard-drive alone 
> make more
> noise than all my other computer equipment combined (athlon 700 w/ 2 
> ide-harddrives,
> dual athlonMP 2400+ with one ide-harddrive). And I thought my computers 
> were
> loud already... =)
> So I would like to boot it over ethernet. It seems as if I need to know 
> if this machine is a
> sun3 or sun4c to name the bootloader correctly. How do I find out?

It's a sun4m

> 2. With a lot of patience I built Window Maker from pkgsrc. But when I 
> log in from xdm, I just
> end up at the login screen, apparently Window Maker just exits. I 
> created ~/.xsession and
> put the line "exec wmaker" in it.
> There is, however, a file named .xsession-errors in my home directory 
> now which has the follwing
> line in it: exec: /home/krylon/.xsession: permission denied
> Does this mean I have to make .xsession executable? It isn't now, but it 
> isn't on my PC, either,
> and there it works fine.

xdm needs an executable .xsession

> 3. Some keys on the keyboard don't work. On my PC I fix this by adding 
> the line
> Option      "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
> to XF86Config/xorg.conf, but I couldn't find a config file on the Sparc. 
> Also, X just worked(tm)
> without any configuration.
> Can anyone enlighten me? =)

I don't know for this one

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference