RE: Re: State of Woody?
Don't get me wrong, I love debian, but I absolutely hate in on my Alpha
For that matter I hate any linux on my alpha, the all lock up for some
odd reason but I can run BSD on them with out a problem, it's a sx164 I
loaded it with redhat 5.2 like 4 or 5 years ago and that was the only
one that actually ran stable on my machine!!! If you're havin that much
trouble give BSD a try and load bash up as the shell and it will make it
seem like you are using a Linux machine thanks to ports, No joke
From: Per Wigren [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 9:06 AM
Subject: Re: Re: State of Woody?
> > I tried it on my PWS about 6 months ago but it was
> > unstable then!
> How so?
Lots of random lockups... Most of the time it was X that
locked up, but sometimes it just stopped responding
completly. Sometimes the keyboard died even *before* I
started X. Sometimes the network just stopped working and
even if I did "ifconfig eth0 down" and lsmod showed that
zero "things" were using de4x5 (or whatever the name of the
modules is - can't remember), "rmmod de4x5" said "device
> Just out of curiosity, why is having KDE so all-important
to people? I
> mean, I've seen more people want to change distributions
just to get KDE,
> which I just don't understand. I'm just curious...seems
a bit odd to me.
Because KDE is simply wonderful! I've been a GNOME biggot
and a WindowMaker biggot and a XFWM biggot, but after the
2.0 series got stable (2.1.2) I am in love with it! I'm
running the 2.2beta right now and it's simply amazingly
good AND stable!
> So X was the stumbling block for woody when you tried
it? What WM and apps froze most often? Also, were these
freezes locking up the computer totally, or just locking up
Most of the time it just locked up X, but when i sshed to
it and killed X, the screen were still there although ps -
ef showed no signs of X-processes and it was impossible to
start X again...
> > Is it worth spending a night reinstalling my Alpha?
> It's up to you. I haven't really played much with SuSE,
but it seems like a good distribution. If it's stable
doing what you do with your Alpha, then I wouldn't
recommend changing it too much (especially if you have to
do real work on your machine, like I do...reinstallation is
NOT an option for me because too many things may change).
If, however, it's a fun box, then do what you
like...install Debian, leave SuSE on, whatever...it's your
It's something in between a funbox and a workbox... It's my
home workstation and I depend on it to read my mail (when
I'm not at work like now), surf, play my ogg/mp3-music and
so on... Nothing really serious, but I still want it to be
> One question back to you: if you saw all of these
problems, did you file bug reports? It is *REALLY*
difficult to fix things if we don't know that they are
broken. User feedback is critical.
Yes, I did, when I could reproduce it...
> ReiserFS is much better in 2.4.x on Alpha. I've got an
i386 at home with a ReiserFS volume and have been toying
with doing the same on Alpha. It seems that some of the
patches that went in to 2.4.x haven't made it to the 2.2.x
kernels (and may never make it since 2.2.20 may be the end
of the 2.2 line). As for LVM, can you detail the
experiences with it? I may be able to debug it if I can
reproduce the problems. I've never tried it, personally,
but was intending on doing so.
I tested LVM on 2.4.5, 2.4.6pre9 and 2.4.5ac22. All of them
both with and without the latest CVS-snapshot of the LVM-
I use two disks, one 48GB and one 30GB. They used to sit in
my PC. It has 2x30GB striped, one 8GB and one 10GB LV. The
2x30GB LV is a ReiserFS volume.
I decided that I wanted the disks in my Alpha instead so I
removed them from my PC and put them in my Alpha.
vgscan find the disks, but when I do "vgchange -a y", it
segfaults. On plain 2.4.5+CVS-snapshot, vgchange even
crashes the whole kernel and I get thrown out to a SRM-
debugger or something like that...
After the failed vgchange, I can run vgdisplay and it shows
the right numbers. But if I try to access the LVs I
get "not a valid block device"...
Yes, I also tried to recompile the lvm-tools but the same
Using LVM for 2.2.19 it works just fine.
I can use the LVs just like on the PC. But it seems
impossible to make ReiserFS work on 2.2.19/Alpha so I STILL
can't access the 2x30GB LV... :(
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