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IMPORTANT! APM testing needed ASAP
- To: announce_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: IMPORTANT! APM testing needed ASAP
- From: Niklas Hallqvist <niklas_(_at_)_appli_(_dot_)_se>
- Date: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 01:36:01 +0100
We are considering a quite big shape-up of the APM subsystem for
OpenBSD, code has been in the works for long but have not yet had the
quality to be included into the main tree. Different APM variations
differ a lot and therefore it is hard to cover all cases existing.
Now, only a few weeks is left to tree lock and we have something which
has got fairly good.
However because of the limited time left and because of the
intrusiveness of some of the patches we are having considerations that
the testing period will be too short. This dilemma can be solved by
*you* helping out. If *you* have a PC or several, not necessarily
a laptop, or a box with APM, we'd like you to try to boot a test
floppy. This is a custom RAMDISK floppy just like the ones we ship
with releases but with a few odd drivers removed. See below for the
URL where it can be found. For every new version we put up we will
increment the version number.
If you decide to help, yous should do this:
A Enable APM in BIOS if you have it.
B Boot the floppy. Select (S)hell at the prompt.
C Check some commands to make sure the kernel's ok, like ls,
disklabel & stty.
D If you have apm, start apmd, and test the zzz command, as well
as suspend/resume via the dedicated button on your box.
Notice any and all error messages.
E Write a mail with the following info to apm-test_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
with the following info. Enter your computer model in the
Subject field, it'll be easier for us to search then.
Your *working* email address, we may need you to do new testing.
Computer brand, and model number.
Box kind (laptop, desktop with APM, or without).
Test status report, as detailed as possible, if you can
please include as much of the printouts as possible. If you
get into shell, send us the output from "cat /kern/msgbuf".
If you end up in DDB (see the db> prompt?) type "trace" and
type down at least the 5 first lines, ie. top 5 lines directly
after your trace command. In the DDB case, please
reboot again and at the boot> prompt, type "ma mem" and paste
that output into the report as well.
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT IF YOU CARE ABOUT OPENBSD IN GENERAL.
OpenBSD needs to run well on APM-supplied boxes, if we don't, CD
sales will suffer, as will the full project. Test! Test! Test!
We need on the order of 50 tests to get a picture of the feasability
of this code, and we are in a hurry, do this now, or at least,
The floppy images wiill be possible to get from
where VER is the version number, currently 001.
The OpenBSD developers.
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