I recently installed 2.2.7-RELEASE from scratch onto my 486dx40 with 8Mb
RAM. Some fairly odd things have been happening...
1. The occasional unexpected core dump, especially when trying to compile a
kernel. Once it dumped when I entered my login name.
2. The following error message when I try to do 'w'
5:30PM up 26 mins, 3 users, load averages: 0.38, 0.23, 0.11
w: malloc failed
3. An error in tty.c from the kernel source reporting that the label '
eodcase' was referenced but not present later in the source. Examination of
this file showed it should probably be 'endcase'. One letter changed
magically, and I have no idea how... this was a clean install and no source
files had been modified (I don't hack kernel source anyway).
I fixed that and continued the make, which then failed again with a file
reference "..\\.\filename" .. presumably this was supposed to be "..\..\
filename". At this stage I figured it was probably better to wipe /usr/src/
sys and re-get the dist from another FTP server.
That worked, and the kernel has now compiled cleanly.
4. tar on large files seems to be failing part of the way through. For
example, I just did 'tar -zxvf ports.tgz' and this is what happened:
tar: Skipping to next file header...
...and the ports collection is incomplete. ports.tgz (6155263 bytes on my
HD *and* the FTP site) was downloaded directly from ftp.freebsd.org.
Here's the output of top:
last pid: 259; load averages: 0.00, 0.06, 0.06 17:37:
17 processes: 1 running, 16 sleeping
CPU states: 1.2% user, 0.0% nice, 0.0% system, 0.0% interrupt, 98.8% idle
Mem: 3712K Active, 308K Inact, 1476K Wired, 944K Cache, 522K Buf, 428K Free
Swap: 26M Total, 408K Used, 25M Free, 2% Inuse
Barely any swap used and the CPU is mostly non loaded.
This machine has run 2.1.5 flawlessly for nearly 2 years, and 2.2.5
flawlessly for a brief period before I decided to upgrade to 2.2.7 due to
some of the new drivers available.
Machine: 486dx40 Intel
HD: 322Mb ESDI
Serial: sio0 16550AFN
Net card: 3c501 (el0)
Have I just come across some kind of freak file corruption while downloading
everything (install of the base bin dist was via FTP too), or is there
something about 2.2.7 that is making my machine misbehave?
Thanks in advance...
Rowan Crowe Sensation Internet Services, Melbourne Aust
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