HELP! Problems with Sparc-20/Sol2.5

HELP! Problems with Sparc-20/Sol2.5

Post by John M. Sul » Thu, 09 Jan 1997 04:00:00


I've got a SparcStation 20 running Solaris 2.5 that's become a little
quirky lately and need some help returning it to it's former happy self...

Problem 1:  When I try to enter single user mode (via boot -s from the ROM
prompt) the machine boots fine, but when it asks me for the root password
it automatically pops up an 'login incorrect' error and asks me again.
This will continue until I hit CNTL-C at which point it continues to boot
into run level 3 (it doesn't accept CNTL-D to continue the restart).

Problem 2: I am attempting to install patch 103093-07 (jumbo kernel patch)
and am getting the error
   pkgadd: ERRORL: checkinstall script did not complete successfully
and the patch does not install.  Does anyone have any idea what could cause
this to happen.  Previously, I had a problem with pkginfo complaining of a
pkginfo file but I got around that by renaming the offending pkginfo file
(can I do this and not cause problems???).  I have also seen this problem
while trying to install patch 103187-09.

Anyone have any ideas?  Any help would be greatly appriciated!



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1. Sparc 5 vs Sparc 10 vs Sparc 20

New to the group, so please be easy on me.

Here's my question:

Is there a performance difference between a 5, 10, or 20?  During a
recent exercise we conducted, that users were complaining about their
clients being too slow.  They asked to be upgraded to a Sparc 20 to
alleviate their woes.  Walking around doing a dmesg grep -i cpu, we
found that the 5's or 10's actually had a faster processor than the
20's.  Sometimes the RAM was higher on the 20's, sometimes not.   Is
there some sort of performance rating on different models published
somewhere?  Or is it dependent on the architecture of the box itself?
My suggestion was to walk around and pencil in an extra 0 on the case
so they'd think they had a higher model !  Customer service!!

If this is too vague, please let me know and I'll try to be as
specific as I can without compromising security.

(no certifications as of yet)

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