I recommend not using drpmsync with the Factory repository at the moment until
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=143260 is fixed because if you run
drpmsync at the moment you will lose about 1/3 of all your packages what will
lead to the annoying situation that you have to redownload them as _full_
packages instead of deltas again when the problem is fixed.
Robert Schiele Tel.: +49-621-181-2214
"Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur."
it seems kexec support was merged in the latest SUSE 10.1 snapshot.
This enables you to skip the BIOS when rebooting. Especially if
your BIOS is slow/buggy/whatever, this is a really nice feature
To test it, install kexec-tools from latest factory snapshot and
a recent kernel (those from factory are recent enough).
Boot into single user.
# kexec -l --command-line="`cat /proc/cmdline`" --initrd=/boot/initrd /boot/vmlinuz
# remount ro /
# kexec -e
You should now see the new kernel booting. I have had success with
both my recent Samsung laptop and an old 600 MHz machine with SCSI.
The time saved (compared to a normal reboot) was:
Samsung laptop, 1600 MHz: 12 seconds
No-name machine, 600 MHz, SCSI disks/cdrom: 31 seconds
If you always hated the time it takes to reboot a server or your
home machine, that might make you happy.
Benefits of kexec:
- Reboot is faster
- The BIOS has no chance to throw errors on you
- The above is especially true if you use FakeRAID controllers
- You don't have to wait until the SCSI controller has enumerated
- You don't depend on a working GRUB or LILO configuration
- You could even abuse it to install a newer version of SUSE Linux
without booting from CD/DVD/floppy
- Some hardware might not work after kexec'ing the new kernel.
This can be fixed in the driver for that hardware
- Video problems like no display or corrupted display are possible.
Please try "kexec -e --reset-vga" as last command or disable
- Somebody needs to hack /sbin/reboot to kexec an already loaded
kernel if there is one
Additional cool features (kdump):
- You might use kexec to load a special crashdump kernel which is
started if your kernel panics. That kernel can save all relevant
debugging info and write it to disk safely, even if the panic
happens while you're using X11 or there is some other reason why
you can't see or capture the panic
- Unfortunately, I can't get kdump to run on my machine, but you
might be luckier
Hey, if we're lucky and it works for everyone, we might even get
kexec supported as optional fastrebooting solution.
With versions alpha 3 and 4, I could'nt use any usb device, and yesterday, I
found that the system not loads anu usb module, and if I will to load with
"insmod usbcore", the system not finds this module; I must give the full
If I will to load the usb-storage module with "insmod
/lib/modules../../../usb-sorage.ko", the system says that could'nt find
Note the diference betwen usb_sorage.ko and usb-sorage.ko.
I see this another time with other alpha version.
beta1 version will appear on Jan 19 but if I download now Jan 6
http://ftp4.gwdg.de/pub/linux/suse... I can see this:
SUSE LINUX 10.0.42 (i586) OSS Beta1
Is possible that it does not have importance but bothers that
differences of dates...
Usuario Linux: #198057
Linux 2.6.15-rc5-git3-2-smp #1 SMP Wed Dec 14 13:10:38 UTC 2005 i686
I could'nt configure any usb device, because yast do'nt detect it, because
not loads any usb module (for example, the usb printer). I have updated the
system via apt, and have the kernel from the date 29/12/05, but the yast
modules are not completely updated.
For configure the sound, I must run alsaconf, and later the yast, and
restarting the kde, and then the sound works; but if I restart completelly
the system the sound do'nt works, because not loads any sound module, and
the sound devices has disappeared.
I mean that the problem, is that yast do'nt writes the udev rules. Can You
tell me how it works?
I downloaded opensuse factory yesterday (dec. 27.) for i386 and ppc.
First of all: I could not find a bootable kernel image on the PPC boot
disk (boot.ppc.iso), so PPC testing is postponed until I can start
And my problems on x86 (a Compaq nx8220 notebook):
- there was an unsolved dependency, that 'alsa-tools' needs
'alsa-firmware 1.0.10'. Later I saw, that it was actually installed :)
- and a show stopping bug (for me): the installed grub does not work on
my machine: when I choose 'windows' from the menu, it reboots, when I
choose any of the Linux menu entries, it just freezes, and nothing
happens (the wonderfull christmas tree remains on screen).
So, I put back 10.0... Bye,
I have just installed 10.1alpha 4 and can not get networking to work.
This has worked in all previous versions.
Network card is :Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mbits/sec) LAN subsystem using the Marvell* Yukon* 88E8050 PCI Express* Gigabit Ethernet Controller
The sysKonnect driver is supposed to work with it, but no joy.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.