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Kernel update problems


I've mostly just been lurking on this mailing list, as there's generally
not much I can add to the discussion. I have a question now, though.

I've been running testing on a Sun Ultra 5. Recently, I've had no luck
upgrading the kernel to the newest one in the Debian database. I think it's
having problems with my keyboard for some reason. Here is the errors
apt-get upgrade gives me:

aragorn:/home/gpd# apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
  libpisock9 vlc vlc-nox
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.
2 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B of archives.
After unpacking 0B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Setting up linux-image-2.6.18-4-sparc64 (2.6.18.dfsg.1-12) ...
Running depmod.
Finding valid ramdisk creators.
Using mkinitrd.yaird to build the ramdisk.
yaird error: unrecognised device: /sys/devices/root
yaird error: unrecognised device: /sys/devices/root/f005fa24
yaird error: unrecognised device: /sys/devices/root/f005fa24/f0060218
yaird error: unrecognised device: /sys/devices/root/f005fa24/f0060218/f0061568
yaird error: unrecognised device: /sys/devices/root/f005fa24/f0060218/f0061568/f00635f8
yaird warning: unrecognised legacy device: /sys/devices/root/f005fa24/f0060218/f0061568/f00635f8/serio0; trying sunkbd
yaird error: there were errors in this run, aborting now without output (fatal)
mkinitrd.yaird failed to create initrd image.
Failed to create initrd image.
dpkg: error processing linux-image-2.6.18-4-sparc64 (--configure):
subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 9
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-image-2.6-sparc64:
linux-image-2.6-sparc64 depends on linux-image-2.6.18-4-sparc64; however:
  Package linux-image-2.6.18-4-sparc64 is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing linux-image-2.6-sparc64 (--configure):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

This seems to be the keyboard that it is having problems with:

aragorn:/home/gpd# ls /sys/devices/root/f005fa24/f0060218/f0061568/f00635f8/serio0/
bind_mode  bus  description  driver  drvctl  id  input:event0  input:input0  modalias  subsystem  uevent
aragorn:/home/gpd# cat /sys/devices/root/f005fa24/f0060218/f0061568/f00635f8/serio0/description
aragorn:/home/gpd# cat /sys/devices/root/f005fa24/f0060218/f0061568/f00635f8/serio0/modalias
aragorn:/home/gpd# cat /sys/devices/root/f005fa24/f0060218/f0061568/f00635f8/serio0/driver/
bind         bind_mode    description  serio0/      unbind      
aragorn:/home/gpd# cat /sys/devices/root/f005fa24/f0060218/f0061568/f00635f8/serio0/driver/description
Sun keyboard driver

I just have a Sun type 5c serial keyboard and mouse.

Since I'm currently using 2.6.18-3-sparc64, this isn't a major update. As
such, I guess it's not a major issue, but I can see it becoming an
annoyance as the kernel on that machine becomes increasingly outdated in
comparison to the one in testing. I would have thought though that it
should not be much of a change, but it's clearly choking on something.  

Could anyone suggest what the problem is, and maybe what I could do to fix



Wonder is the beginning of all science.
	-- Aristotle

Gavin Duley
<gduley@une.edu.au>   <gduley@turing.une.edu.au>

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