[rescue] Solaris vs sparclinux

Meelis Roos mroos at linux.ee
Mon Jun 15 08:46:57 CDT 2015

> > Trying OpenBSD is an interesting idea, maybe I will try some time if
> > it is easily enough netbootable.
> I've never tried Open, but Net certainly is, and so I would expect Open
> to be as well.

My laste experience with FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD on sparc64 was 
years ago. Back then. NetBSD was the only one that had easy to use 
netinst (tftp loads kernel + ramdisk, nothing more needed). The others 
required bootparamd + nfs in addition to tftp and there were not readily 
available in my home network so I reverted to CD.

Tried OpenBSD 5.7 sparc64 now. Netinst is still inconvenient so I used 
install57.iso from CD and it installed fine wit no troulble at all (just 
had to wait till I happen to be near the server).

Now, for benchmarks, I have not gotten far - pkg_add installed git fine 
but my first step of cloning a big repo already failed:

$ git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git
Cloning into 'linux'...
remote: Counting objects: 4153047, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (1931/1931), done.
remote: Total 4153047 (delta 1105), reused 0 (delta 0)
Receiving objects: 100% (4153047/4153047), 921.61 MiB | 1.11 MiB/s, done.
fatal: Out of memory, malloc failed (tried to allocate 40960 bytes)
fatal: index-pack failed

There wa more than 15G RAM free, on a 64-bit system...

Maybe I will try some other way later, but it was a bad surprise.

Meelis Roos (mroos at linux.ee)

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