testing X crashes and other problems
Hi Debian Alpha Users
I thought I'd take the risk and update my XP1000 (EV67) to Debian
testing and see how things are going. Big mistake, but now that I
have done such a rash thing, I might as well lodge some problem
reports to help with the bug fixing on testing.
The major problem: X crashes, well, it locks up and takes up 100%
CPU. First couple of times, I didn't witness the lockup - it
happened either when the screen saver was active, or when I was
logged out with only the login window active. Today it happened when
I was logged in and using the desktop. The desktop display suddenly
just froze. I could move the mouse pointer, but could not cause any
response whatsoever in the display. The keyboard died (i.e. hitting
caps lock key didn't on switch caps lock light). I managed to
establish a ssh session to the Alpha via the network. The Xorg
process was running at 100%. I managed to renice it (so the machine
wasn't so sluggish), but I couldn't kill the Xorg process. Only a
reboot frees up the machine. Has anyone else observed similar
behaviour? Any clues as to what I should be looking for to narrow
down what is causing this lock up? The xorg.log file doesn't offer
I am running a self-compiled 184.108.40.206 kernel. It had been running
stably with etch for a couple of weeks. With upgrade to testing the
Xorg package installed is 1:7.2-5 and xserver-xorg-core is
2:220.127.116.11.dfsg-11. The display card is a Radeon ATI 9250. There is
also a Hauppauge PVR350 installed which has MPEG display out, and
I've just notice that I had a screen section for it in the Xorg.conf,
however I don't have the ivtv-fb module installed so X couldn't use
it, and anyway X got up and going (and rejected that output device)
so I doubt if that is the problem - I had been using X for about an
hour before the lockup.
The minor problem: I can't get locales installed. Apt-get install
locales generates messages of the sort:
perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
LANGUAGE = "en_NZ:en_US:en_GB:en",
LC_ALL = (unset),
LANG = "en_NZ"
are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").
and then finally I get the message:
*** update-locale: Error: invalid locale settings: LOCPATH=/usr/lib/
dpkg: error processing locales (--configure):
subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 9
The package is left in the failed-config state. Trying to run dpkg-
reconfigure locales fails. I have tried playing with the various
environment variables (LANG, LANGUAGE, LOCPATH) and put more entries
into the file (including making sure one for en_US) in /etc/
locale.gen. But nothing seems to break the impasse. Suggestions?