> I'm still trying to get my inaugural disk boot to work on my Octane 1.
> I've used Skylark's config file for the kernel build (as I couldn't find
> the official gentoo one, and the default gentoo install kernel doesn't
> seem to work for me anyway), but I get a fairly blunt error, with a few
> magic numbers.
> The results of a boot attempt follow:
> ARCLoader 0.43(...)
> Loading configuration(...)
> Loading scsi(0)(...)
> Reading 5638216 bytes... OK.
> Entering kernel.
> NESTED EXCEPTION #1 (vid 0) at EPC: ffffffff9fc6819c; first exception at
> PC: 0
> Any suggestions as to the problem, or potential solution? Where should I
> look for further information? Is there additional information I should
> provide? What troubleshooting advice is there? Has anyone else ever seen
> This is a fresh, current Gentoo install...
> Thanks for your help,
Apparently, this problem has been around, hiding for quite some time. None of
us ever identified it as a RealProblem(TM) because when you netboot the kernel,
the issue doesn't arise. Once I started testing bootable CDs again, I ran into
it like a bird into a glass window.
I haven't had a chance to try and isolate what the exact cause is. I suspect
the problem is in the Octane kernel patch itself rather than the Linux-mips
tree, so I doubt using tools to hunt it down in git is going to pay off. The
one solution I have discovered is below if you want to use disk-based booting:
1) Unmask gcc-4.1.1 by adding '>=sys-devel/gcc-4.1.1' to
/etc/portage/package.unmask (without the quotes). You don't have to merge it
yet, as it's not needed for fixing the kernel, but I made it a dependency of
2.6.17* for an upcoming nptl migration. It's safe to merge, however.
2) If you're running unstable (ACCEPT_KEYWORDS=~mips), then you can merge
sys-kernel/mips-sources-126.96.36.199 (or whatever is latest). Otherwise, you'll
need to add the following to /etc/portage/package.keywords temporarily:
3) Merge sys-devel/kgcc64-3.4.6 and unmerge sys-devel/gcc-mips64. kgcc64
replaces gcc-mips64, and as a bonus, includes all the patches and bugfixes we
use in the main system compiler.
4) Compile a 2.6.17* kernel using the kgcc64 toolchain. It'll build only a
kernel compiler, and you can use it much the same way as you did gcc-mips64.
Boot the resultant kernel, and my testing so far shows that it will boot. I'm
still not sure how to go about tracking down the original problem. I have a
feeling it's possibly bad kernel code that gets miscompiled in kernel versions
from ~2.6.15 to ~2.6.16 (as 2.6.13* and 2.6.14* are known to boot off of
disk/cdrom). Building a 2.6.17 kernel with gcc-mips64 also re-creates the
problem, which somewhat indicates a compiler bug too. Hence the fuzzy nature of
Gentoo/MIPS Team Lead
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