Bug#652448: panic when booting on a machine with >= 4 GiB of RAM
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On 17.12.2011 12:09, Robert Millan wrote:
> - Add additional flavours (which ones? 686, 686-smp ... ? and then
> which ones to provide with D-I?)
That's what we're doing on Linux and that seems the best compromise. On
Linux there are many different kernel flavors where it is being worked
on to reduce their amount. I propose -486 for older PCs and 686-pae for
newer PCs. See  on more discussion about the minimal required processor.
I am not sure if FreeBSD has drawbacks to use a SMP flavored kernel on a
traditional legacy system with one CPU only. If yes there perhaps should
be a -smp version for each too.
Generally it seems an upstream bug to me though if the kernel crashes on
such a system. Regarding D-I I guess there is no easy way to tell in
advance whether the system needs a PAE kernel or not, and the fact the
wrong choice crashes does not make it any more easy to choose a kernel.
> - Fail gracefuly and prompt user to either remove RAM or use AMD64
Is it really safe to assume every system with more than 4G RAM supports
the long mode for sure?
with kind regards,
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