[TUHS] SYSTEM V R1 HELP
clemc at ccc.com
Fri Dec 22 08:30:50 AEST 2017
Bill, in the debugger, for both cpio and tar, follow the string ptrs in
fprintf and see if you can figure out where its dying. Also see what value
errno is, hopefully it has not been lost. Neither program should be using
printf except for messages to the console, so I'm guessing this is an error
message trying to be output from an error the kernel returned. See if you
can find the message from cpio/tar and the error code and that might give
you a hint to look in the kernel.
Could you be running out of open files, maybe.
Another thing to try, is: cd /
find . -print
cpio -ocvB > /dev/null
See if that changes anything. It should remove some of pressure on the
On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 5:12 PM, William Corcoran <wlc at jctaylor.com> wrote:
> Hello Team TUHS:
> I am having a problem with my PDP-11 SVR1 running under a recent SIMH
> build. My problem occurs on both MAC OS X and FreeBSD.
> First, I created a six disk (RP06) and eight port TTY (DZ) kernel, with
> swap placed on drive 1. The system behaves beautifully as FSCK reports
> clean. Eight users can login with no problem.
> Second, I reverted to a pristine PDP-11 SVR1 with one drive (RP06) and no
> DZ and booted the default kernel (gdtm) and I see the same problem
> described below.
> Third, when using the tape driver instead of /dev/null i get the same
> Next, here is the issue:
> cd /
> find . -print | cpio -ocvB > /dev/null
> It runs for a short while and then shitz a core:
> I am using /dev/null to take the tape driver out of the equation.
> Here is the backtrace for cpio:
> Now, interestingly, I run into a similar issue when using tar:
> cd /usr
> tar -cvf /dev/null .
> Again, this will run for a while, then drops a core. Here is the
> backtrace for tar:
> This really bugging me since my SVR1 is otherwise working flawlessly. I
> was able to remake the entire system and custom kernels that boot with no
> Also, I configured my main port to run inside the AWS Lightsail and now I
> have access to SVR1 from anywhere in the world!
> I was also wondering if doing a CPIO or TAR on the entire system was
> overflowing some link tables and maybe this is expected behavior for the
> minimal resource of the PDP-11?
> Thank you for any help.
> Would you expect tar or cpio to dump core if you attempted to copy large
> filesystems (or the entire system) on a PDP-11?
> Note: All of my testing has been in single user mode.
> Bill Corcoran
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