Sun SparcStation5

Specifications for "sparcy"

This is an old beast, circa 1995. It was retired and sold at auction from some corporation that did development of broadband connection technology. I'll try to get the name of the corporation upon my next visit to the stash.

Now I'm just going to paste in some output from the Bash command line. We'll see how this displays. First 'cat /proc/cpuinfo' to display cpu info, duh!

mark@sparcy:~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
cpu : Fujitsu MB86904
fpu : Lsi Logic/Meiko L64804 or compatible
promlib : Version 3 Revision 2
prom : 2.15
type : sun4m
ncpus probed : 1
ncpus active : 1
BogoMips : 69.83
MMU type : Fujitsu Swift
invall : 0
invmm : 0
invrnge : 0
invpg : 0
contexts : 256

Darn, only 70 Mhz! Memory is a little better.

mark@sparcy:~$ cat /proc/meminfo
total: used: free: shared: buffers: cached:
Mem: 64028672 62222336 1806336 38559744 7680000 22802432
Swap: 55730176 32768 55697408
MemTotal: 62528 kB
MemFree: 1764 kB
MemShared: 37656 kB
Buffers: 7500 kB
Cached: 22268 kB
SwapTotal: 54424 kB
SwapFree: 54392 kB

That shows 64 Megs of RAM and a 54 Meg Swap partition. Speaking of partitions here's the current /etc/fstab and output from 'df -kh'.

mark@sparcy:~$ df -kh
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 242M 21M 209M 9% /
/dev/sda2 387M 226M 141M 62% /usr
/dev/sda4 290M 41M 235M 15% /var

mark@sparcy:~$ cat /etc/fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
/dev/sda1 / ext2 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1
/dev/sda5 none swap sw 00
proc /proc proc defaults 00
/dev/fd0 /floppy auto defaults,user,noauto0 0
/dev/cdrom /cdrom iso9660 defaults,ro,user,noauto 0 0
/dev/sda2 /usr ext2 defaults 02
/dev/sda4 /var ext2 defaults 02

I have a standard size scsi cdrom installed right now. This will not fit in the case. Sun contracted with Sony to make a 1" high cdrom to fit these cases.

I bought another of these oldies, combined the parts so we're now sporting more memory. However I could not get the two hard drives to work together. The following is up to date meminfo and the output from df -kh.

[mark@sparcy:~]$ cat /proc/meminfo
total: used: free: shared: buffers: cached:
Mem: 97316864 85102592 12214272 24281088 56905728 10543104
Swap: 188325888 0 188325888
MemTotal: 95036 kB
MemFree: 11928 kB
MemShared: 23712 kB
Buffers: 55572 kB
Cached: 10296 kB
SwapTotal: 183912 kB
SwapFree: 183912 kB

[mark@sparcy:~]$ df -kh
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 180M 16M 155M 10% /
/dev/sda4 738M 164M 537M 24% /usr
/dev/sda5 900M 408M 446M 48% /var

The machine is now running apache serving up markshouse . The only problem I'm having is that /var partition fills up quickly. I've made some tweaks to the logrotate deamon and need to tweak it some more.
Installation Method

My installation method is pretty simple. Download boot floppy images and copy them to floppies. For Debian, two images are required. You start off with rescue.bin, which when finished, prompts you for root.bin. The driver for the onboard nic is included in the sparc kernel. Before installing the base system I configure the hostname and network. Then select 'Install Base System', choose network/http or ftp for source location. Special note here; this source location needs to be the same location one retreived the boot floppies from. This process takes about an hour to an hour and a half with a cable connection for a base system. I used Debian's tasksel to install the X window system. All other packages were installed individually by using apt-get install . Overall this was an easy install and setup.
Usefull Links

* Sunsolve
* Installation Manual
* Nice Pictures
* Sun Docs

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