This is a discussion on R: 6.4-RC2 crashes after a few minutes of uptime - FreeBSD ; >Ken, > >First of all, I'm not subscribed to the freebsd-stable@ mailing list, >so please include me in any replies. I have been using a Dell Pentium >II Inspiron 3700 (192 MiB of RAM, 430 Mhz PII-Celeron CPU) to test ...
>First of all, I'm not subscribed to the freebsd-stable@ mailing
>so please include me in any replies. I have been using a Dell
>II Inspiron 3700 (192 MiB of RAM, 430 Mhz PII-Celeron CPU) to test
>FreeBSD 6.4 and have been noticing panics since upgrading it to 6.4-RC1.
>The system initially was installed with 6.3-RELEASE (single partition
>installation, ACPI enabled, GNOME 2) and had been quite stable. So, in
effort to help test 6.4, I upgraded it to 6.4-RC1 using freebsd-
The upgrade has destabilized the system, as every single
>bootup since then
has led to a panic. I had coredumps turned on, so I
>tried to gather a
backtrace with kgdb(1) and every time I'd try it
>would hang trying to parse
the core dump. All I see is 4 lines of
>"Attempt to extract a compoent of a
value that is not a structure
>pointer." and it hangs.
>So, today I decided
to upgrade to 6.4-RC2 in hopes that it would
>resolve these problems and it
also crashes. Though it does seem to
>last longer before panicing. With RC1 I
couldn't even get a full login
>to GNOME to finish before the panic, most
times. Now, with RC2 it
>seems to crash later, but this could just be
coincidence. So far I've
>just had one crash with RC2, and am now running a
few apps in GNOME to
>see if I can trigger it again.
>Note also, with RC2
I'm unable to analyze the kernel core dump either.
>kgdb(1) seems to hang
with the same error as with RC1. I do have
>minidump on with RC2, and I've
just now disabled it so that next time
>it crashes, it will save a full core
file, to see if that makes a
>difference. Though, if RC1 is any indication, I
doubt that will make
>any difference, but we'll see. All I can glean from the
>the info.0 file) is that the Panic String is a "page fault." I
>this was the same error with RC1 and as I recall every panic I was
>able to see (at the console) it involved the process named "swi6."
should try booting with ACPI disabled to see if there is any
though I never had to do this with 6.3.
>Well, if I can assist with further
debugging, let me know.
I had a similar problem
described on this thread
Summarizing, I had several panics about swi6 (but I had
them after some/several hours of uptime).
I'm tracking STABLE and generally I'm
resyncing /usr/src every 1-2 weeks and I started having problems since about
Unfortunately I had no answer.
The problem *seems* gone away after
taking the following actions:
- disable powerd (I had enabled it few days
before the problem emerged)
- getting new sources and doing a new buildworld
rebuilding some gnome ports (the "non usual" ones I was using when panics
occurred) and all the gnome deamons (sysutils/hal etc.) - as the guy having a
similar problem on 7 "solved" moving away from gnome
I'm not sure about what
has been the resolutive action (and even if I had no more panics, I'm not
really sure that the problem could be considered solved!)
I hope that it could
help about your stability problem...
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