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From: Robert M. Riches Jr. (richesr1inetarena.com)
Date: Wed Feb 13 2002 - 17:43:36 CST
> From: Mark Arrasmith <arrasmithmath.twsu.edu>
> Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 17:05:21 -0600
> First off . . . Thanks for the Video card suggestions. I've ordered an ATI
> Radeon PCI. I'll let you know how it runs. Onto my new problem.
> I have an old AS/200 running RedHat 7.1 as an apache, MySQL, and PHP server.
> After reboot I can't get apache to start. I keep getting errors like . . .
> alpha_fp_emul: Invalid FP insn 0x4f938 at 0x2000110dc78
> in messages. But, if I start up XFree, apache will then start running.
> Though it does have lots of . . .
> httpd: unaligned trap at 000002000003a468: 47e0041847eb0c42 28 2
> errors in the messages log. Any ideas? I seem to remember someone talking
> about seeding the random number generator and getting XFree to load quickly,
> which might have something to do with this. I couldn't find it in the
> archives, and I might just be on crack.
Seeding the random number generator sounds like something I had
to do to get an X server to start up in a reasonable time. One
option to fill the entropy pool (input to the random number
generator) is to chatter on the keyboard or move the mouse around
a bunch. Another option is to invoke startx in background, then
cause a bunch of disk I/O. In my case, I cat files from /usr/bin
to /dev/null until I see /tmp/.X11-unix/X$dispnum in existence.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem this is likely to have anything to
do with the problem described above with FP emulation and apache.
(I'm looking forward to reading the Linux Journal article on what
to do to/with/for spammers like the ones who lurk on mailing lists
to find addresses.)
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