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1.0.1 doesn't work with SGI1100

To: linux-xfs <linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: 1.0.1 doesn't work with SGI1100
From: Florin Andrei <florin@xxxxxxx>
Date: 10 Sep 2001 18:30:04 -0700
Sender: owner-linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx

Looks like XFS-1.0.1 (the installer from the CD-ROM image) doesn't work
with SGI 1100 systems (1x or 2xPIII/800, 1x or 2x18GB IDE).
I saw the problem on systems with either one or two IDE drives. It
doesn't matter if i install from the CD-ROM or through the network, the
result is the same.
The installer boots just fine, it does all kind of things, the
partitioning is fine, but then, when it tries to mount the newly created
filesystems, its solid frozen; nothing works. If i switch to ALT-F4
before it's frozen, i see this:

<4>Start mounting filesystem: ide0(3,6)
<4>Ending clean XFS mount for filesystem: ide0(3,6)
<4>Start mounting filesystem: ide0(3,65)
<4>hdb: timeout waiting for DMA
<4>ide_dmaproc: chipset supported ide_dma_timeout func only: 14

After the last message, it's dead. :-/
I tried different kernel parameters, like "apic", but nothing helps.

It looks like the problem occurs no matter how i partition the disk, as
long as i have a large partition.

I can reproduce the problem any time you want. I never managed to
install XFS-1.0.1 on a SGI 1100 system.

The problem doesn't seem to occur with XFS-1.0

Is there any solution for this? (installing 1.0 and upgrading to 1.0.1
is not an option, since i have to create an automatic procedure to
install 1.0.1 very fast on many SGI1100s - a kickstart disk - and
"install and upgrade" kind of defeats the very idea of kickstart)

Florin Andrei

"Our kernel does have source control: its name is
Linus Torvalds, CVS with a brain." - Nicholas Knight

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