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Kernel 2.4.12 on Sparcstation 4

I gritted my teeth and went ahead and tried building a new kernel 2.4.12 for 
my SS4.  The build was error-free and pretty much painless, except I get this 
at boot now:

PROMLIB: obio_ranges 1
bootmem_init: Scan sp_banks, init_bootmem (spfn[21f], bpfn[21f], mlpfn[1fad1])
free_bootmem: base[0] size[1fad000]
reserve_bootmem: base[0] size[21f000]
reserve_bootmem: base[21f000] size[3f8]
Booting Linux...
mem_init: Calling free_all_bootmem().

and then it just hangs there, no other messages or errors, I have to Stop+a 
to get out.  I also went back through and made practically everything as a 
module and made the kernel as light as possible, to no avail.  I do have some 
patches applied to the kernel source, but these are 
netfilter/ipsec(frees/wan) ONLY.  AFAIK, none of them should have touched 
bootmem.c or any other core component.  My very limited kernel hacking skills 
are exhausted and I am at a loss.  Any help would be appreciated.

misc. other info:
the working kernel: 2.2.19
non-working kernel: 2.4.12
distro: Debian testing (woody)
gcc ver: 2.95.4
libc6 ver: 2.2.4-3
I'll attach the .config is someone wants to see,  but I'll save the space 
until then.

Mike Culbertson
unixadmin, etc

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