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Re: Problems with XFS patch and SMP

On Sun, Dec 08, 2002 at 04:26:03PM -0500, Bob Hilliard wrote:
>      Bug#171943 reports that dictd 1.8.0 fails to start with the
> following error message:
> daemon@amalthea:~$ /usr/sbin/dictd -d nofork
> :I: 2535 starting dictd 1.8.0/rf on Linux 2.4.19-xfs Tue Dec  3 23:43:09 2002
> dictd (dict_index_open): Cannot mmap index file "/dev/null(dict_index_open) Cannot mmap index file "/dev/nulldict_index_open: No such device
> (dict_index_open) dict_index_open: No such device

that looks like it may be a configuration error....why else would it be
trying to mmap /dev/null?

>      I have not experienced any problems with this version in woody,
> sarge or sid, using a 2.4.18 kernel, and I have not received any other
> similar bug reports.
>      The reporter is running a 2.4.19 kernel with the XFS patch and
> SMP support.  Are there any known issues with the XFS patch and SMP
> support that could contribute to this problem?

not that i've noticed.  i've been running 2.4.19 & XFS on my SMP
workstation for over a month without any problems at all.

Linux siva.taz.net.au 2.4.19-xfs #1 SMP Sat Nov 2 14:31:23 EST 2002 i686 unknown unknown GNU/Linux

> Is anyone running dictd with a 2.4.19 kernel with the XFS patch and
> SMP support?

i'm running the dict client on this machine, but not the dict server.
i'm running the server on another machine (currently running ancient
kernel 2.4.9 with XFS patches).

i just installed dictd 1.8.0-1 and one small dictionary (dict-elements)
to test it.  it seems to run and answer queries without problems.

running it with "dictd -d nofork" shows:

root@siva [11:04:49] ~# /usr/sbin/dictd -d nofork
:I: 1493 starting dictd 1.8.0/rf on Linux 2.4.19-xfs Mon Dec  9 11:05:02 2002
:I: elements              130         2075        15076        46260

a query for "potassium" results in the following output:

:C: "dict 1.8.0/rf on Linux 2.4.19-xfs"
:D: * "potassium" 1
:I: quit: d/m/c = 1/0/7; 0.000r 0.000u 0.000s

if you have any other tests you'd like me to run, i'll leave dictd
installed here for a day or two...then i'll remove it.


craig sanders <cas@taz.net.au>

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