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Re: Creation of Sparc (32-bit) port.

On Thu, 2007-08-30 at 18:43 +0000, Markus Dahms wrote:
> Hi all,
> Adrian von Bidder wrote:
> > Chris Andrew:
> >> I know that discussion is on-going regarding the future of 32-bit
> >> sparc.
> > AFAICT the discussion is not ongoing.  It just repeats itself every few
> > weeks, and nothing changes:  There is no kernel support for sparc32
> > anymore in Linux.
> excuse me, but what exactly is the problem with the sparc32 kernel? I
> (cross-)compiled a current git version (2.6.23-rc4+e) and stress tested
> it a little on my SparcStation 5. I got the load average up to 16+, got
> the oom-killer to kill some processes (no wonder when allocation 8 x 256M
> on a box with 128M physical + 170M swap), but the machine still works as
> expected (ok, uptime is now only 5:38h, but it's a start).
> Userland is Debian Etch.

Judging by what I remember of the past discussion (check the archives),
the problems are more with SMP boxen and the hyperSPARC processors.
That said, IIRC, there was a problem with pipes even on UP machines.


 - Martin

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