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# 1  
Old 09-29-2008
A NEW version of "boot: cannot open kernel/sparcv9/unix "

Ok, I found this article:

boot: cannot open kernel/sparcv9/unix

However it doesn't quite describe my situation.

I have created a jumpstart DVD that works great, and installs my customized Solaris-10 (Yes 10, not 8 or 9 per previous posts) . It jumps and installs on V240's Ultra -20's Ultra 40's No problem.

However when I go to install on a a UltraSparc-iiI laptop (this used to work) the jump goes fine, but after the install, THEN with my newly built and patched systems, boot does the following:

cannot open kernel/sparcv9/unix
Enter filename [kernel/sparcv9/unix]:

From here I can indeed type: “/platform/sun4u/kernel/sparcv9/unix”

And hit enter for the next question. When asked about kernel modules.

And then the laptop boots just fine.

So where have I gone wrong??? Again the DVD does boot and properly jump/install the system, and works fine on other UltraSparc arch's, but on this laptop it doesn't work on reboot unless I specify the kernel path???

# 2  
Old 09-29-2008
Is your sparc laptop listed here: Solaris 10 Sun Hardware Platform Guide

What do you get from:
uname -p
uname -i
uname -m
ls /platform

A workaround that may work is to just set the boot-file variable.
# 3  
Old 09-29-2008
I will check in a few... I've got someone in the field checking now.
# 4  
Old 09-30-2008

uname -p = sparc

uname -I = SUNW, UltraAX-e2

uname -m = sun4u

ls /platform = SUNW, (and a long list of h/w platforms starting with A70 and ending with UltraSPARCengine_CP-80, also sun4u, sun4u-op1, sun4u-us3

So am I to take it that the UltraAX-e2 isnt' supported? But at somepoint in the past this worked??

Also why does the DVD boot to begin with?
# 5  
Old 09-30-2008
ok... one of the items in /platform is indeed:


So in theory yes, that's ok? Or no?
# 6  
Old 09-30-2008
To find kernel/sparcv9/unix which has no leading slash, I think it looks in /platform/SUNW,UltraAX-e2, but I'm not sure.

Does /platform/SUNW,UltraAX-e2/kernel/sparcv9/unix exist? If you boot the DVD that does work, it must have more stuff in /platform than you do and one of the missing subdirectories would be the key.

But I'm not 100% sure of any of this... consider it all an educated guess.
# 7  
Old 10-01-2008
No it doesn't exist... However, my other machine I'm testing shows as:


and it doesn't yield that structure either...

syst@demo:/home/syst $uname -i
syst@demo:/home/syst $ls -l /platform/SUNW,A70/
total 4
drwxr-xr-x 5 root sys 512 Jan 29 2008 kernel
drwxr-xr-x 3 root bin 512 Jan 29 2008 lib
syst@demo:/home/syst $ls -l /platform/SUNW,A70/kernel/
total 6
drwxr-xr-x 3 root sys 512 Jan 29 2008 crypto
drwxr-xr-x 3 root sys 512 Jan 29 2008 drv
drwxr-xr-x 3 root sys 512 Jan 29 2008 misc


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