Subject: 4000/96 with 3.0 vs. ftp; also simh vs. NetBSD
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Roger Ivie <email@example.com>
Date: 03/05/2006 22:29:40
Having recently stumbled upon an excuse to once again need a NetBSD/VAX
system, I snagged the 3.0 VAX distribution, burned a CD, and installed
it on my trusty 4000/96.
Things were going well until I tried to FTP something FROM the VAX.
An attempt to fetch a file from the VAX using FTP stalls after 2K to
64K have been transferred. This occurs whether the VAX is acting as the
FTP server or the client.
I normally use the machine over the net via telnet and have not noticed
network trouble that affecting telnet.
I am able to fetch files from the VAX using KERMIT over telnet.
Transfers using KERMIT over telnet are quick, so it does not appear to
be a general network issue.
The VAX is connected via thinwire to a 10 megabit hub which connects via
twisted pair to my router, which connects to my PC (also running NetBSD
3.0) via 100 megabit twisted pair. However, the problem is also seen by
a Macintosh (running MacOS X; it's one of those troublesome beige G3s
that have never been able to reliably boot NetBSD) attached to the 10
megabit hub, so it does not appear to be a network problem involving the
10/100 transition at the router.
I am using a kernel that I built after trimming the configuration down
to only the 4000/90 hardwar. uname -a reports:
> NetBSD Cougar.no.domain 3.0 NetBSD 3.0 (Cougar) #0: Sun Mar 5 16:56:36
> PST 2006 rivie@Cougar.no.domain:/usr/src/sys/arch/vax/compile/Cougar
Oh yeah, and as long as I'm pestering you folks, I should point out that
I had to disable optimization on the VAX to get KERMIT to compile;
leaving -O in the cflags caused a signal 11 in ckuus5.c (this was with
cku211, AFAIK the most recent version of c-kermit).
Futhermore, installation of NetBSD 3.0 and 1.6.2 failed on simh. 3.0
appeared to install just fine, but the installed kernel halted late in
the boot process (after sendmail complained about something). The kernel
on the 1.6.2 installation CD hung after displaying the "root on..."
message. I did, however, succeed in installing 2.0.2 on simh.