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Fwd: mac status, was Re: time setting on 950

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From: Brian Morris <cymraegish@gmail.com>
Date: Apr 29, 2007 10:55 PM
Subject: Re: mac status, was Re: time setting on 950
To: Finn Thain <fthain@telegraphics.com.au>


i think an alternative to ntpdate:

date -s "`rsh $buildhost date`"

where buildhost is your nfs/ distcc server, or whatever. then
you can sync clocks on your local net, at least.


also, i looked at those status pages. one note: i have experience
the machine will not shutdown or halt, but hangs. this is more
annoying on the quadra630 which has no off switch, the only
way to stop it is to reboot into macos. but my performa475/quadra605
can be switch off (i have not tested etch there yet).

i do not experience the clock problem forcing fsck. this only happen
if people have ext3 on their root partition ? anyway i have a single
debian partition of ext2 and i don't get fsck every time. i only
use ext3 when i have a separate partion for more room such as
home or source. the story on ppc list was debian reccomends against
ext3 root (or anything other than ext2).


one question:

so if sonic driver is ok now, would that be a better / faster one
than the Asante or Farollon chips. have one asante card now,
between two machines. could buy a sonic. costs a little bit more.


one more comment on RAM

i think 32MB is that OK ? i found that sarge could boot with
20 but it was not happy. to run emacs (xemacs = better) say.

i think i need at least 64 for etch, bare minimum.


On 4/19/07, Finn Thain <fthain@telegraphics.com.au> wrote:

On Thu, 19 Apr 2007, Stephen R Marenka wrote:

> On Fri, Apr 20, 2007 at 01:12:39AM +0200, Riccardo wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I tried finn's 2.6 kernel and I see ther eis proble, on Q950 at least.
> > I hope that the scsi can be improved and that the IIfx will work soon.
> > One f the nasty little things that is missing is the RTC support: the
> > machiine boots always with "epoch". While the system time can be stet
> > later, it is boring and also it means that initial file system check
> > act strangely often.
> >
> > 2.2 kernel worked: is there some driver not working anymore?
> It worked on a 950? It didn't on mine.
> > or was there some smart trick to get the date passed by penguin?
> I go with crontab and ntpdate (ntpdate-debian).

If ntpd can't keep sync (?) I guess you'd have to. I'd be a bit worried
about back-stepping the clock during make, though.

> > In either case it would be nice to support it under 2.6
> Ack. :)

Indeed. I guess it is the most important bug to fix of all the outstanding

I've finally put up the mac status info that I have collected.


...there's more on the Q950 issues there.


> Peace,
> Stephen

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