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Re: building kernel 2.0.x under potato

On Fri, 17 Sep 1999, Chris Rutter wrote:

chris>On Thu, 16 Sep 1999, John Lapeyre wrote:
chris>> The 2.0.37 and 2.2.x kernels keep hanging on my AMD K6-2.
chris>This sounds *bad*, BTW; have you checked around to see if anyone
chris>else has had these kinds of freezing problems?  Is your machine
chris>unstable in any other way?
chris>You may find all you need to do is tweak a CPU register or two,
chris>or apply some patch to the kernel to make the machine stable on
chris>any kernel you like -- it's worth checking, because the kernel
chris>*shouldn't* have become randomly unstable in 2.0.37.

	I found a few reports on the kernel mailing list. But, somehow,
the search engine did not pick up references to AMD that I remembered. It
is difficult to get controled information on bugs.  Some people find
problems and eventually admit that it was a hardware problem.  Tweaking a
register would be fine.  I really don't know how to look into that,
        It really seems that something changed. I built the 200 MB tar
file about 30  times  under 2.0.36, and it was fine.  Under 2.0.34, the file 
was built every night for over a year, w/o crashing.  With 2.0.37 and
2.2.x, it is not totally predictible, but the  machine hangs on roughly
half the attempts to  make the 200 MB file.  As I said, I don't know
enough to say to what extent hardware and the compiler are playing a part.
It is, of course, quite time consuming to run these tests.  I will post
something to the kernel list.

John Lapeyre <lapeyre@physics.arizona.edu>
Tucson,AZ     http://www.physics.arizona.edu/~lapeyre

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