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Re: install/56582: port-atari freeze on installation when extracting base.tgz

I was able to complete a NetBSD 9.2 install by booting with an 8.2
kernel.  However, on first boot I get:
Dec 29 10:56:44 tt030 ntpd[373]: mlockall(): Cannot allocate memory
...and a few postfix related errors.  You can see it all in this
Twitter thread:
 The system does ultimately come up, though I'm not sure yet if it
runs stable.

So this tells me the install problem is not simply a matter of running
out of memory during the initial boot / sysinst process.  The ntpd
issue happens on normal boot with the 9.2 kernel, so the system will
have access to swap.  So it seems there may be a memory related
problem that crept into the kernel between 8.2 and 9.0.

This is not something I've observed previously -- NetBSD 8.2 runs fine
on this machine.


On Sun, Dec 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM David Ross <> wrote:
> The following reply was made to PR port-atari/56582; it has been noted by GNATS.
> From: David Ross <>
> To:
> Cc:,,
>, David Ross <>
> Subject: Re: install/56582: port-atari freeze on installation when extracting base.tgz
> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2021 15:55:37 -0800
>  Thanks!  That's certainly possible.  I've never been able to get my
>  TT030 stable with >16MB, however I know Izumi has.  I'll be trying a
>  new memory card soon, and hopefully this will help.  I also have some
>  experience cross-building netbsd, so I may do that soon and compile
>  everything with -Os instead of -O2 in case that gives me just enough
>  memory to get past the base.tgz extraction.
>  For right now, I'm going to try installing the 9.0 release and see how
>  that goes.  I know 8.2 installs and works great, but from there I had
>  jumped right to 9.2 without trying the earlier 9.x releases.
>  Dave

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