Linux on sparcstations (was Re: [H-GEN] linux box just went dead)
James McPherson - Customer Technical Support Engineer
James.McPherson at Aus.Sun.COM
Wed Apr 26 19:08:28 EDT 2000
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> From: Paul Gearon <gearon at computer.org>
> James McPherson - Customer Technical Support Engineer wrote:
[snip Jason Parker's bit]
> > which kernel sources btw? I don't believe that we (ie Sun) supplied the ss5
> > a type-4 mouse - I think we'd totally gone to supplying the type 5 instead.
> > types 5 and 6 are entirely mechanical. It's possible that the optical mouse
> > not responding in the "correct" manner for a type 5 keyboard, if you stick
> > precisely to the specifications.
> This sounds like a kernel control structure for doing ioctl with the
> mouse might have changed recently. The macros for ioctl calls are
> created using _IOR, _IOW, etc, and these actually change value if the
> structure they are used with is changed. This unfortunately means that
> if an ioctl call for a device changes in the kernel then any programs
> which call that function from user space will need to be re-compiled.
not having any more information about it, I'd say Paul is probably correct.
Jason, could you give the precise error message and what distribution you are
> (I've been bitten by this before. You think nothing significant changed
> except for an extra field in a structure. Suddenly your macros have
> different values. It's a pain in the backside)
ahhh, dependencies ;) love em!
> So did something change with the mouse in Sparc kernels lately? If so
> then you might need to update X. (It'll pick up the new kernel headers
> automatically). If not then I'll just shut up and watch James figure
> out the answer for you. :-)
I'll be happy to have a go - love jumping in at the deep end head first. I've
got a fairly large amount of kit here in our lab to muck around with also ;)
error message Jason?
James C. McPherson
Solution Centre Engineer 828 Pacific Highway
Sun Microsystems Australia Pty Ltd Gordon NSW 2072
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