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Date:      Tue, 15 Feb 2005 12:00:49 -0800 (PST)
From:      Jon Dama <jd@ugcs.caltech.edu>
To:        Alan Jay <alanj_sw3@yahoo.co.uk>
Cc:        obrien@freebsd.org
Subject:   RE: Possible problems with Broadcom BCM5704C 10/100/1000 on Tyan Motherboard
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I concur that the situation got much better with 5.3-Stable.  What I
experienced afterward occurred only under load.

-Jonathan

On Tue, 15 Feb 2005, Alan Jay wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > On Tue, Feb 15, 2005 at 04:53:24PM -0000, Alan Jay wrote:
> > > I had major problems installing with more than 4Gb but once I moved to
> > stable
> > > we seemed to have a stable platform when doing basic stuff - we have two
> > > databases (mySQL) one is reasonably heavily used and one very extensively
> > > used.
> >
> > Just to be clear, you're stating you had stability problems with
> > 5.3-RELEASE and >4GB.  But with 5.3-STABLE and >4GB you have a stable
> > system.  Correct?
>
> [Alan Jay] I could not install with RELEASE but could with Stable.
>
> Once installed and running we installed mySQL on the two machines one we
> copied over a relatively simple database which ran fine without a problem.
>
> The second machine then had another mySQL database moved to it and it started
> to fall over.  After a number of tests we moved the first database off the
> what had been working server and put the other database on it.  At which point
> that server which had been stable fell over!
>
> > > I think I agree wholeheartedly with your comments being a great supporter
> > of
> > > FreeBSD it is a shame that the AMD release is not as super as the other
> > > versions we have used extensively.
> >
> > The problem is a major bug that has existed since FreeBSD ?3.0? was
> > exposed very close to the 5.3 release cycle.  This bug only causes a
> > major problem with >4GB, thus few of us developers experienced it.
> > [Most of us can't afford >4GB in our machines.  Donations of 1GB DIMMs
> > for FreeBSD developers are accepted by donations@FreeBSD.org.]
>
> [Alan Jay] I'll put them on my present list :)
>
> > Of course one reason many are moving to the AMD64 platform is to have
> > >4GB RAM in the machine.  We believe this bug has been fixed in
> > 5.3-STABLE.  But too few people are testing 5.3-STABLE and are using
> > 5.3-RELEASE instead.  This isn't helping us QA the issue so that we know
> > all the corner cases are fixed in upcoming 5.4 release.
>
> [Alan Jay] Well the memory seemed to be stable on 5.3 STABLE with more than
> 4Gb in our case 8Gb there seems to be some other problem at work here.
>
> > A recent 5.3-STABLE snapshot can be found as
> > ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/snapshots/Feb_2005/5.3-STABLE-SNAP001-
> > amd64-miniinst.iso
> > and mirrors.
> >
> > --
> > -- David  (obrien@FreeBSD.org)
>



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