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Bug#304441: installation report - sparc32 SMP hang

Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: debian.org/debian/dists/testing/main/installer-sparc/r
uname -a: Linux sacha 2.4.27-2-sparc32 #1 Tue Feb 15 00:11:41 PST 2005 sparc
Date: 2005-04-10 10:30
Method: netboot + network install from http://ftp2.fr.debian.org/debian/
(no proxy)

Machine: Sun Sparcstation 20
Processor: Ross 150MHz * 2
Memory: 256MB
Root Device:
Root Size/partition table:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
/dev/sda2       /               ext3    defaults,errors=remount-ro 0   
/dev/sda1       /boot           ext3    defaults        0       2
/dev/scd0       /media/cdrom0   iso9660 ro,user,noauto  0       0
/dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto    rw,user,noauto  0       0

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Reboot:                 [E]


Debian Installer detected my two processors and installed an SMP
kernel (2.4.27-2-sparc32-smp) by default. This hung during reboot
with a "level 15 interrupt" error after the three "reserve_bootmem"

I suspected SMP might be causing complications so I tried removing
one processor. The result was a hang in the same place but with
a different error message ("watchdog error").

I finally got the new install to reboot by manually substituting a
non-SMP kernel. But now of course I only have one processor working.

It would be nice to have SMP, but if there are problems with the
SMP kernel it should not be installed by default.

I'm happy to provide further information or to test things.

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