I have been running gentoo on a sparc64 since 2004.0 or 2005.0 release.
I know it isn't sparc32, but unless you have some dire need to run a
2.4 kernel I would suggest running a 2.6 kernel. Beside that its
getting increasingly difficult to install gentoo under a 2.4 profile.
I think we all sometimes forget gentoo is a progressive linux and is
always changing. Because of this it is only backward compatible to a
short period of time in the past, like a year. Unlike the other
distributions (red hat/SuSe, etc) where you can install older versions
this distribution sorta requires you to stay somewhat current with the
Not saying it is impossible. For instance I run a few machines in 2.4
profile because I use them for an OpenMosix cluster. That has been
removed from portage for months now, but I can still install it because
I copied the 2006.0 profile and all the required files to a portage
overlay directory so I could still use it even when gentoo stopped
supporting it. You may have to do this same technique in order to use
your 2.4 kernel and stuff, and as the another poster has mentioned, 2.4
kernel isn't really supported by gentoo anymore in favor of the 2.6
kernel, which I must add works just fine on sparc64
brant williams wrote:
> Which version of linux-headers are you running? Can you do an `emerge -
> -pv linux-headers` and show the output?
> I have no experience with SPARC32, but 2.4 is a fine kernel, and not
> wholly different (from a user/administrator perspective) than 2.6. You
> have to use devfs instead of udev. .:shrug:.
> I know a little about running (Hardened) Gentoo Linux 2.4/2.6 on
> SPARC64, although I imagine it's not drastically different for the
> SPARCStation 5. So let's start with your kernel-headers version and go
> from there. Also, if you could post /usr/src/linux/.config and (if
> possible) any dmesg output, that'd be great.
> brant williams
> FCAA CDCA 20BC 3925 D634 F5C4 7420 6784 4DEB 6002
> On Mon, 17 Sep 2007, Aggelos wrote:
>> Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 19:46:21 +0300
>> From: Aggelos <marmango@...>
>> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> To: email@example.com
>> Subject: Re: [gentoo-sparc] emerging of silo fails
>> on 09/17/2007 03:02 PM Andrew Gaffney wrote the following:
>>> Aggelos wrote:
>>>> poseidon ~ # ls -l /etc/make.profile lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 62 Sep 12
>>>> 15:02 /etc/make.profile ->
>>> First, sparc32 isn't supported, so when it breaks, you won't get much
>>> help. Second, the 2.4 kernel is mostly unsupported by Gentoo (not just
>>> on sparc), so you're not going to find a lot of help there, either.
>> What kernel can boot a sparcstation 5, besides 2.4 (and lower)?
>> Isn't the size of 2.6 prohibitive?
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