sparc Admin Notes
These are various notes mainly targeted at people administrating Gentoo dev machines, although most things are probably generally useful. These are not general "how do I administrate a Gentoo box" notes.
These are the current systems we have available. See machine specific notes at bottom for more details.
|Machine Name||IP||DNS Hostnames||Console Server||Console Account|
You connect to the console over ssh. Ask infra@ for the user/pass.
ssh dev.gentoo.org; ssh 10.0.0.176
You can use this to:
- Interact with the Advanced Lights Out Management (ALOM) -- the software that can control the system
- Interact with OpenBoot -- the software that launches SILO (the bootloader)
- Interact with SILO -- the software that boots the kernel
- Log in directly to recover
- Boot alternative media
Common ALOM Commands
Once you're interacting with ALOM, here's some commands you'll use a lot. Note that ALOM stays running even if the main system is powered off/locked up/whatever. You can also talk to ALOM w/out interrupting the main system.
console- switch to the active software connected to the console (OpenBoot, SILO, Linux terminal)
#.- when connected to the console, escape back to ALOM
poweroff- request the system shut down gracefully and stay turned off
poweroff -f- hard power off the system
poweron- power on the system and let it start booting
break- suspend the current OS and break into OpenBoot; the system must be powered on
Note that the system is often slow during early boot up.
See the ALOM Manual for more details (publication code 819-7991-10).
Common OpenBoot Commands
If the main system is broken, try booting from a livecd.
boot- boot the default target (usually the disk)
boot disk- boot the main hard drive
boot cdrom- boot the livecd
banner- show some machine details
go- resume execution of main OS
Common SILO Commands
Once you see the
boot: prompt, hit Tab to list all the available kernel images. You can even append kernel command line options here like
init=/bin/bb to get a recovery shell.
So to boot an old kernel whose image name is
3.6.17 (as specified in /etc/silo.conf), you can type
sparc systems use the silo tool from the sys-boot/silo package to manage booting of kernels. Things to remember:
- Make updates to /etc/silo.conf.
- No need to run
siloafter making changes to kernels or silo.conf -- the boot loader will process on the fly.
- Make sure to run
siloafter upgrading sys-boot/silo.
- The bootable linux kernel is created at arch/sparc/boot/zImage (e.g. under /usr/src/linux/).
make installshortcut should work OK.
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- IPv4: 126.96.36.199; netmask 255.255.255.224; gateway 188.8.131.52
- IPv6: 2001:470:ea4a:1:214:4fff:fe2d:5584/64; gateway 2001:470:ea4a:1::1/64
- System: Sun Fire T200
- Memory: 16G
- CPU: UltraSparc T1
- Disks: 136GB