Subject: Re: Can someone test out a GENERIC kernel on a 3100?
To: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
From: Erik Bertelsen <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 05/16/1997 10:36:09
On Thu, 15 May 1997, Jonathan Stone wrote:

.. Could someone else who's had problems with NetBSD-1.2D/pmax please try
.. the netbsd.generic kernel on ftp.netbsd,org
..   (
.. on a 3100, and let me know if it works better, worse, or the same?

All kernels that I've built myself since about 25 March won't boot --
they fail as indicated below.

This includes Jonathans recent netbsd.generic of yesterday (or the
day before (I think that I got the second version)).

But -- BUT -- today's netbsd.3100 will boot and to me this is big
progress. I notice that this kernel is 1.2D, i.e. not quite -current.
What made it boot on my machine? sufficiently old kernel sources?
or a sufficiently old compiler/assembler/linker ?

And it seems to be even better: I have a disk, that has caused the system
to hang whenever non-trivial (or maybe even trivial) writes were done.
This problem has persisted since about December I think. With netbsd.3100
I can copy files to this disk without hanging. 

But the trees don't grow into the skies as we say over here: I cp'd
xc-1.tar.gz from an NFS-mounted file system to the problematic disk
and the I started a "tar zxf xc-1.tar.gz", and now the system hang
again, but with previous kernels any copying of files to this disk
would hang, just leaving a zero-length file after rebooting.

To me this seems that we're getting back on track again and I'm excited
about getting my DS3100 back in a state where I can keep it running on a
system that I have built from current sources. 

Result of booting any of my custom kernels built after 25 March
as well as trying to boot several of Jonathans test kernels up
to, but not including today's netbsd.3100.

>> boot -f rz(0,2,0)netbsd.ny
Boot: rz(0,2,0)netbsd.ny
Size: 994336+0+57780
Starting at 0x80030000

Excptn:	<vtr=NRML>
Excpn pc:	0x801ff9ac
Creg:		0x30000028<CE=3,EXC=II>
Sreg:		0x0
Sp:		0x8002ffe8

Erik Bertelsen