Linux on sparcstations (was Re: [H-GEN] linux box just went dead)

Jason Henry Parker jasonp at
Wed Apr 26 01:42:16 EDT 2000

On Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 03:03:57PM +1000, James McPherson - Customer Technical Support Engineer wrote:
> That said, it's a pity you ain't got a sparc box ;| - I could give you a bit 
> more help with that (and even more if you were running Solaris on it!)

Ah, just a quick diversion.  Is anyone on the list aware with issues 
running X on a sparcstation 5?   I got hold of one recently (yes, Mark,
I'll pay you soon :) and X will simply not start, complaining about an
inappropriate ioctl when initialising the mouse (I don't have the exact
error on me, but can produce it on request).

It's a sparcstation 5, with a standard optical sun mouse and a cg6
framebuffer, running a 2.2.14 kernel and X 3.3.x for some high value of x.

I've done the requisit web search for details but the only pages that
return are annotated copies of the kernel sources.  Bah.

The Patently Ridiculous:
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