The red-eye continues ...
Previous post is at the end:
The solution was to build a new kernel for the clients with a
config line like this:
config vmunix root on type nfs swap on type spec
We had considered that our problem was that swap generic assumed
the root and swap would be on sd0, but that turns out not to be the
case. With 'swap on type spec' you don't have to worry about your
swap being on sd1b or sd0b.
Entry in /etc/bootparams - 'swap=/dev/sd1b' - now works.
Punt the new kernel around to all the clients with:
/export/root% foreach i (clientnames)
? cp vmunix $i
My problem was interpreting the Sun SYS/ADMIN manual to broadly when
"Specifying 'swap generic' enables you to place your root file system
and 'swap' space on any supported device."
Thanks for the quick response to the following who were on the right
firstname.lastname@example.org (Jun Wu)
Dallas N Antley <email@example.com>
From: daryl (Daryl Campbell)
While trying to upgrade a Sun 4/370 server and 8 Sparc 1's to 4.1.3_U1
today, so staff can use them tomorrow :-( I've encountered the following
Our clients have a local disk configured to use /var and swap. The Sparc's
are failing trying to boot vmunix after 'root on ...' I'm apparently having
troubles with my kernel knowing where the swap filesystem should be.
I have in /etc/bootparams 'swap=/dev/sd1b' just like with 4.1.2, and if
I create a swap file and edit this entry 'swap=machine:/export/swap/m5'
things are okay. The GENERIC kernel has 'config ... swap generic'.
I have tried rpc.bootparamd -d on the server to get some feedback and
no errors are reported. Help!!! Any suggestions, preferrably before
I've tried booting interactively so as to specify the kernel and swap
locations '>b le() -a' but can't get enter a response to 'root name:'
that will get a response from bootparamd on the server without complaining
about decoding arguments. This one will win you the bonus question
worth 10 point.
ps. Tried phoning Sun Solution Centre and found out that we haven't
renewed our contract for this fiscal year. Ah, such is life at
public universities in debt-ridden provinces in Canada.
Daryl Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org (403)675-6379
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