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Re: Newbie questions...

On Thu, May 29, 2003 at 07:06:04PM -0400, Mason Loring Bliss wrote:
> Hey, all. I'm trying to broaden my horizons, so I've taken one of my infra-
> structure machines that was running NetBSD and I've installed Woody on it.
> One thing I notice right off the bat is that things are a good bit more
> sluggish in terms of user interaction. I don't yet know why this is, but
> I notice things like my cursor in X freezing under what should be fairly
> moderate load. But, since the box mostly serves NFS and only rarely gets
> used as an X console, I can live with that.

Did you run X under netbsd?  That machine is quite slow when running any
relatively modern XFree86 release which aren't optimized for very old,
slow architectures with small memory footprints.  I wouldn't even run X
on it myself if I didn't have to; just run it as a plain text console.

> Another thing I note is that I don't see my sound hardware showing up. This
> isn't a huge issue for the reasons stated above, but I'm curious about it.
> Is there no support for SUN4M sound hardware? Or, must I install something
> that didn't get added by default?

I have no idea.  Have you tried googling?

> The only thing that strikes me as potentially worrisome is this: Why do I
> get a bunch of "Unimplemented SPARC system call" errors at startup, and
> what does this indicate?
> An excerpt from my dmesg:
> VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
> init[1]: Unimplemented SPARC system call 69
> Adding Swap: 196600k swap-space (priority -1)
> eth0: Carrier Lost, trying TPE
> portmap[109]: Unimplemented SPARC system call 87
> cp[135]: Unimplemented SPARC system call 69
> mv[159]: Unimplemented SPARC system call 69
> inetd[225]: Unimplemented SPARC system call 53
> lpd[229]: Unimplemented SPARC system call 69
> sunmouse: Successfully adjusted to 1200 baud.
> Installing knfsd (copyright (C) 1996 okir@monad.swb.de)

I forget what causes this, but it's harmless.

> My box is a plain-vanilla SPARCstation 5 with a cgsix in it. Here's some of
> what /proc/cpuinfo says about my processor:
> cpu             : Fujitsu  MB86904
> fpu             : Lsi Logic/Meiko L64804 or compatible
> promlib         : Version 3 Revision 2
> prom            : 2.15
> type            : sun4m
> Everything seems to be working as expected, but I am curious nonetheless.

I'd definitely blow off X.  You can still have X clients on it that
display on other servers if you want to do graphical monitoring and the


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