Subject: Re: Problems installing php4 on a VS4000/60
To: Dave McGuire <email@example.com>
From: Patrick Finnegan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/10/2004 13:36:29
On Saturday 07 August 2004 18:00, you wrote:
> On Aug 7, 2004, at 6:44 PM, Charles H. Dickman wrote:
> > I made a clean install of 1.6.2 without a hitch. When I try to
> > install php4 from the packages, a floating point exception occurred
> > during the install of pear. That install is done by a php program.
> > There is a core dump, and with gdb the core shows that the
> > exception was in the middle of a vax CALLS instruction... All I
> > really know about vax guts is what I have read in books... :-(
> > Has anybody else tried this?
> > Could it be a problem with VAX_fp vs IEEE_fp?
> I've not tried this, but I'm very curious about it...I will see if
> I can find time to put together a machine to try this here tonight.
PHP on VAXstation 4000/60 seems slightly disturbing to me, but it
probably is possible. Just don't expect great speed from it. :)
> > Do I need to abandon the VAX web server for a PC? :-(
> Certainly not. If you need to abandon the VAX web server, you
> could move it to another *server platform*...not a PC.
Indeed. Alphas (like the DEC 3000 series) and PowerPC-based RS/6000s
(like my 43P-140) run NetBSD very well and make excellent small
webservers. Hell, even a Sun Ultra 1 would make a good webserver.
Just remember if you switch to i386, you'll make yourself accessible to
more skr1pt k1dd13z with their spl0itz. There's not all that many root
kits / precompiled exploits laying around for Linux or NetBSD on
Alpha/Sparc/PowerPC/VAX, especially compared to i386.
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