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SubjectRe: 2.1.126 hangs at boot
On Sun, 25 Oct 1998, Chris Ricker wrote:

> On 25 Oct 1998, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > In article <>,
> > Rajeev Atluri <> wrote:
> > >
> > >Exactly the same problem with Cyrix 6x86, UP, 64MB, egcs-1.1a,
> > >binutils-2.9.1, Had no problems from 2.0.95 to 2.0.125.
> >
> > Can you check with a different compiler? There's a few people that seem
> > to have this problem, but it seems rare enough that a compiler could be
> > the reason..
> >
> I have a machine here with almost the exact same configuration (UP Cyrix, 64
> MB, egcs-1.1b). It has binutils- (yeah, I know I should upgrade)
> instead of GNU binutils 2.9.1, but otherwise is the same, as egcs-1.1b and
> 1.1a are the same on Intel). It boots fine and always has.... Perhaps the
> binutils is the problem, or perhaps too high of an optimization for the egcs
> (I use -O2)?

I have an alpha (164LX, 533MHz) that also hangs at boot, but not every time.
It hangs ~10% of the time, and I've seen it do it with both 2.1.125 and
2.1.126 kernels. I'm using egcs 1.1b. Here's the kernel output:

Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: Linux version 2.1.126 ( (gcc version egcs-2.91.57 19980901 (egcs-1.1 release)) #13 Sun Oct 25 04:15:24 CST 1998
Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: Booting on EB164 variation LX164 using machine vector LX164
Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: Command line: bootdevice=sda1 bootfile=vmlinuz
Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: HWRPB cycle frequency bogus. Estimating...533195776 Hz
Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: Calibrating delay loop... 530.58 BogoMIPS
Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: Memory: 256584k available
Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: Alpha PCI BIOS32 revision 0.04
Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: PCI: Probing PCI hardware

[hung here once]

Oct 25 00:17:05 draal kernel: SMC FDC37C93X Ultra I/O Controller found @ 0x370

[hung here once]

It hung at the the two different points on different boots. Since I can't
reproduce this with regularity, debugging it will be difficult, but I will
let the list know if I discover anything.

-- Bob

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