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Bug#171305: marked as done (xserver-xfree86: package preconfiguration fails with 'ttyS: ... input overruns(s)')

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From: Bob Parnes <rparnes@megalink.net>
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Subject: Xfree86 Package Configuration Failure
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Package: xserver-xfree86

Version: 4.2.1-3

Installation fails, with an apparently endless series of lines complaining
about input overruns, when I try to upgrade from version 4.1.0. Following
is an example, recorded after I downloaded the .deb packages, from a 
console without X running.

Reading Package Lists...
Building Dependency Tree...
The following extra packages will be installed:
  libc6 libc6-dev libc6-pic libdb1-compat locales 
The following NEW packages will be installed:
5 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 394  not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/14.0MB of archives. After unpacking 1012kB will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] 

Preconfiguring packages ...

ttyS: 1 input overrun(s)
ttyS: 257 input overrun(s)
ttyS: 257 input overrun(s)
ttyS: 257 input overrun(s)
ttyS: 257 input overrun(s)
ttyS: 257 input overrun(s)

etc., continuing until I press ctrl-c. I tried this several times; sometimes
the numbers differ, on two occasions the keyboard froze.

To test whether one of the the extra packages is responsible, I installed
them separately, using dpkg. Then I ran dpkg on the xserver-xfree86
package, and the above overrun(s) lines again appeared.

Kernel version is 2.4.20-pre7-ac3, libc-2.2.5.so is on the system.

Motherboard is an intel 845 with P4 1700 MHZ cpu. /home directory is set up 
with software raid 1. The kernel is the result of two patches applied to 
version 2.4.19, in order to support a Promise ultra 133 TX2 controller. Two 
hard drives: seagate 80 GB 7200 rpm and quantum 15 GB 5400 rpm.

Bob Parnes

Bob Parnes

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From: Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org>
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Subject: Re: Bug#171305: Followup
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On Sun, Mar 23, 2003 at 01:41:36PM -0500, Bob Parnes wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 02, 2003 at 07:45:23PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > Does it work if you remove the read-edid package?
> Sorry for the long and delayed reply.
> I have another and older computer, mostly unused. So I tried to
> duplicate the setup on that. I installed the Promise controller and a
> second hard drive. Using the root filesystem on the main drive, I set=20
> up a new partition  and transferred a base filesystem created from=20
> debootstrap. I booted to it, set up raid1, installed read-edid, installed
> xfree86 4.1 and got X working. I then upgraded to xfree86 version 4.2,=20
> and the upgrade went smoothly, with no errors.
> So I moved the controller and hard drive back to the original computer.
> However, the computer did not boot. It hung after detecting the ttyS00=20
> and ttyS01 ports. Normally it also detects ttyS04, but it hung. The=20
> keyboard did not work, the power switch did not function, but the reset
> button did.
> I turned off the computer and disconnected the hard drive from the
> Promise controller. This time the boot continued to the point where the
> system detected lp0. Then the screen began to show the same error
> messages that caused me to file a bug report, i.e.:
> ttyS: 1 input overrun(s)
> ttyS: 257 input overrun(s)
> At this point I did a ctrl-C interrupt, and the boot process continued,
> apparently successfully, and I was able to run X.
> I then removed the read-edid package, and rebooted, but the result was
> the same: the same error messages appeared, but after a ctrl-C
> interrupt, the boot was successful.
> This was not exactly the same behavior I experienced originally. In one
> last trial, I moved the controller to a different pci slot, but the result
> was the same. Without the controller, everything works fine.=20
> There is one other possibility which I did not evaluate: I had not bother=
> to uninstall the raid package, which is still running without a second
> drive. I believe it was running in my original experiences with this
> problem, but I am willing to try again if it would be helpful. One last
> possibility is that the secondary hard drive is different: it was
> originally an older 15GB Quantum, and for these tests I used an 80GB
> Maxtor; that may account for the refusal to boot at all with the hard
> drive connected.
> So my experience with two computers is that the problem, in whatever
> form,  occurs with this controller mounted on an intel 845BG motherboard;=

The graphics subsystem of the Intel 845G chipset is not supported by any
version of XFree86 prior to 4.3.0, which is not yet officially packaged
for Debian.

> it does not occur with an older motherboard, which I believe is a via 693=
> The presence of read-edid has no effect.
> If this information is too obscure to make sense, I won't feel hurt if
> you decide to dismiss the bug report.

The other problems you described, about the power button not working,
etc., I do not think have anything to do with XFree86.

There is already a bug on file with the Debian BTS about 845G support,
therefore I am closing this bug.

If you disagree with this decision please let me know.

G. Branden Robinson                |    To Republicans, limited government
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    means not assisting people they
branden@debian.org                 |    would sooner see shoveled into mass
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    graves.          -- Kenneth R. Kahn

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