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Ultra Enterprise 2 with SMP: illegal instruction in grep

Hello all,

I am trying to get Debian up and running on an old Ultra Enterprise 2 (sun4u, 2x300MHz UltraSPARC II) and running into trouble when using an SMP kernel.

Everything seems to work peachy with a 2.4.18 UP kernel. Upon boot with a 2.4.19 or 2.4.21 SMP kernel (the only two I have tried, and I can be more specific), the shell's processing of /etc/init.d/rcS goes awry because every time it tries to invoke grep, it dies with an "Illegal Instruction".

Running grep from the shell does the same thing.

The machine is not on a network so I can't cut and paste, but here are some relevant package versions:

grep 2.5.1-5
libc6 2.3.1-16
libc6-sparc64 2.3.1-16
kernel-image-2.4.21-sparc64 31

Please cc me as I am not a list subscriber. I will be happy to provide any other information that might aid in diagnosing this problem. System was bootstrapped from a recent "stable" CD, then dist-upgraded with a "Sarge" cd set dated 20030719.

Matthew Mitchell
Systems Programmer/Administrator            matthew@geodev.com
Geophysical Development Corporation         phone 713 782 1234
1 Riverway Suite 2100, Houston, TX  77056     fax 713 782 1829

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