Subject: Re: Problems installing php4 on a VS4000/60
To: Charles H. Dickman <>
From: Lord Isildur <>
List: port-vax
Date: 08/11/2004 11:40:51
hmm, calls is a weird thing to barf out on. i can easily imagine either a
vax/ieee fp issue, or an fp emulation issue (for things like the infamous 
emodd, etc) can you try to recompile some of the involved code yourself
(assuming you were using binaries built elsewhere)? 
a little while back there was mention of fp emulation which should always
be enabled, which someone had had some fun because it was disabled...
thats a thing of the kernel config. 

is the problem reproducible? 
i've had lots of strange crashes on a vs4000/60 due to bad memory, and i
get an impression from here and there that the 4k60 is especially
sensitive to such issues. 

just stabbing in the dark, 

On Sat, 7 Aug 2004, Charles H. Dickman wrote:

> I am trying to get my web pages back on a VAX.
> I have been using a VS4000/60 as my web server for a couple of years. I 
> botched a changed of disk drives and ended up moving my web server to a 
> NetBSD/i386 machine that I use as a disk server.
> I want to get my web server back on the VAX.
> 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?
> Do I need to abandon the VAX web server for a PC? :-(
> -chuck