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Friday, May 25 2018 @ 12:31 AM

YAY - real progress

About SplackThanks to Gregsparc we now have 10.2 beta available for download and thanks to Shasta we now have an excellent rsync+ftp site.

Please help by testing the beta and reporting any issues.
Please read the install instructions carefully, the Slackware style installer is not ready yet so the beta needs a rather tedious manual install procedure, hopefully this will be resolved soon.

Thanks to Shasta ftp.splack.org now points to a very fast and well connected site in Poland. See the downloads page for more information.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 09 2007 @ 08:10 PM YAY - real progress
Ok guys... I'll test it as soon as possible, and contribute to it if I can :)

Thanks to all!
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Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 20 2007 @ 06:58 AM YAY - real progress :(
I was trying to install this beta release onto an Ultra 5 but it gives me this error:

Boot device: /pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/cdrom@2,0:f File args:
SILO Version 1.4.13
Allocated 8 Megs of memory at 0x40000000 for kernel

Cannot find /kernels/sun4u.is/vmlinux (Unknown isofs error)

Image not found.... try again

When I tried to browse the CD on a x86 machine the kernels subdirectory files had strange names. All te files had "_.32_" end: for example kernels/sun4u.is/kernel_.32_

Please let me know if or when this issue will be solved.
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Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 01 2007 @ 09:15 AM YAY - real progress

I don't be able to compile a 2.6.x kernel under Bobware, the command make don't recongnize correctly the GCC for sparc64...
How can I do it?

Someone can post a mini how-to?

I need to compile for testing a SATA controller SPARC :D

I was out fore some days, now I'm testing X on ultra5... what is the correct device for mouse? /dev/mouse or /dev/psaux?

Thanks, see you soon
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Authored by: psychicist on Saturday, July 28 2007 @ 11:13 PM Splack Sun Enterprise 250
Is it possible to install Splack from the network using the OpenBoot PROM on a Sun Enterprise 250 server?
The DVD ROM player seems to be broken and I don't know if I will be able to find a replacement for it.
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Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 13 2007 @ 01:08 PM YAY - real progress - root password failure on Netra
Splack 10.2 rc5 on Netra t1 105 - root password failure

Synopsis : When I install 10.2 rc5 on a Sun Netra using serial port, I cannot login at the first Login: prompt

Can anyone help ?

Detail :
I am trying to get 10.2 rc5 working on a Netra t1 105 - using an install via the serial port.
During the initial install, I perform the following to get rid of the "respawning ttys" problem
# cd /dev
# rm tty2
# rm tty3
# rm tty4
# ln -s null tty2
# ln -s null tty3
# ln -s null tty4

I then edit /usr/lib/setup/INSCD to change RDIR=/dev/tty4 to be RDIR=/dev/null
I had to do this or the bobware installer would never find my CD-ROM at the point it looks for packages.

I then procede with the bobware installer by running "setup" - installing only the A,AP,N and SPARC packages to speed the install up.

At the end of the install, I manually edit /mnt/etc/inittab to comment out all of the tty1-tty6 entries and to uncomment the $ttyS0 entry - if I do not do this then on the first boot after the install, I just get init complainign that it has noo more processes left and the netra has to be powered off to unhang it.

I then reboot. Netra boots OK, creates my SSH keys etc. and leaves me at the Login: prompt (so far so good).

However,, when I try to login using root (plus the password I defined during the install), bobware states "Login incorrect" - I cannot get into my fresh installation.

I have tried the installation a number of times - all with the same result.

I have even removed the hard disk, mounted it in another Netra (running Debian) and deleted the password hash from the /etc/shadow file - but for me this still does not work.

Performing a manual installation as per the manual_install.txt on the CD is beyond me at the moment - I am a relative noob, so I was wondering if there is anyone who has successfully installed 10.2 rc5 onto a Netra T1 via serial port who could share the details of exactly what they did to get the bobware installer to work and avoid the "Login incorrect" message I see.

Ideally, rc6 would have a fix so that the "respawning ttys" was not a problem as well as a proper fix instead of editing the INSCD script.

However, many thanks for getting Splack 10.2 rc5 to this far - great work - I have a number of Nteras that I can start to use in a lab environment if I can get this "root password" problem fixed.
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Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, March 16 2008 @ 05:51 PM YAY - real progress

Downloaded 10.2rc5 this weekend and installed on an Ultra 1 Creator3D (200MHz E-series) - headless (no monitor/keyboard/mouse attached) serial console to my slackware linux gateway.

I experienced the same tty2/3 respawning problem. - fixed by linking /dev/tty2 and /dev/tty3 to /dev/null

I experienced the same tty4/INSCD not finding the cdrom problem - fixed by modifying INSCD to redirect to /dev/null

I had problems with the auto detection of network interfaces (seg fault). Manually updated /etc/rc.d/rc.netdevice to modprobe sunhme. I also commented out agpgart in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules as there is no agp slot on this machine ;)

I uncommented lines for ttyS0 and ttyS1 in securetty and inittab to enable root login from serial console. Commented out tty1 - tty6 in inttab as I'm running the *nofb* kernel, and using a serial console.

ssh_keygen took a loooong time to run. in order to verify that it was actually running ok, I did the following from the shell after installing:

chroot /mnt
uncommented telnet in /etc/inetd.conf

then rebooted and connected as the new user to verify that it was working.

login as root -> su to user 'mysql' -> run mysql_install_db to generate the default 'mysql' and 'test' databases.

ran /etc/rc.d/rc.mysql start

set mysql root passwords appropriately

exited as user 'mysql'


General Notes:

I noticed quite a few PC-centric things in the installer (like when you're done it says you can reboot with ctrl-alt-del keys) and PC-centric packages left (I guess USB does exist in some other UltraSPARC models, so it's not so lame leaving it in)

I chose expert mode, but while kernels were being installed, each kernel promted me if I wanted to install it. I installed them all, thinking it was the same kernel over and over, only to find find out they were all different. I had no idea what kernels were available. Same for the modules. Also, the SPARC package promtped me if I wanted it installed, even though I chose to install it in expert mode selection.

2.4.x and 2.6.x kernels both seem to work ok. Haven't tried compiling custom kernel yet.

Generally, I'm happy. I have 'slackware' running in my Ultra1.

Thanks guys :)

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