Subject: pre-built i386 + MP spinup test kernels now available.
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com>
From: Bill Sommerfeld <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/23/2000 09:49:37
In that directory, you'll find several test kernels and a boot floppy
image set containing the currently HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL x86
multiprocessor spinup support. If you attempt to put these into
production use, I'll laugh at you.
netbsd-GENERIC.MP GENERIC.MP kernel, for booting on systems
which already have NetBSD installed.
netbsd-INSTALL.MP compressed INSTALL.MP kernel with install miniroot.
netbsd-HYDRA Kernel for my ABIT BP6-based development machine.
boot1.fs boot floppy image (1/2)
boot2.fs boot floppy image (2/2)
Please send reports of how far these manage to boot on your systems to
email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
dmesg output from a successful boot (or an unsuccessful boot, for that
matter) would be appreciated.
- if the boot processor comes up at APIC id 1, I/O interrupts
will fail to work (the fix is trivial, i just haven't gotten to
- the underlying support needed for pcmcia (and cardbus) interrupt
allocation and deallocation needs work, so these kernels
have pcmcia stripped out.
Test cases I'm interested in:
- any motherboard other than a dual-celeron ABIT BP6
- multiprocessor PII or PIII or XEON
- multiprocessor Pentium
- more than 2 processors.
- more than 1 I/O APIC.
- older systems with a separate i82489DX APIC instead of the
Thanks in advance for your assistance in exposing this code to a wide
variety of hardware.