Tuesday Nov 29, 2011
Friday Feb 06, 2009
By danaf on Feb 06, 2009
Tuesday Jan 13, 2009
By danaf on Jan 13, 2009
Well I have yet to get a successful build from SL 1.21 or 1.22. I just haven't had the time to dive into the new build environment. Luckily, Linden Lab released a bunch of updates for SL 1.20.17. Therefore, you can download updated packages using the links Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris/Nevada.
I'll try to work on the newer versions of the viewer as soon as I get the next release of Solaris CAT out the door.
Wednesday Oct 15, 2008
By danaf on Oct 15, 2008
Since Linden Lab released security patches for their viewer, Clark has made builds available to everyone. Those URLs are: 1.20.17 for Solaris 10 & 1.20.17 for Nevada/OpenSolaris. Since this is a security-related build, all prior versions have been removed.
I've also seen updates on all the Solaris related PJira issues saying they are now pending! Sweet! That means that we'll soon have the Solaris patches integrated into the viewer trunk.
Lastly, I have yet to start on the port of 1.21. I just haven't had the time to dive into the cmake changes. If anyone has a set of Viewer related cmake patches for Solaris, please share.
Tuesday Aug 19, 2008
By danaf on Aug 19, 2008
I got a surprise on Saturday. I opened my mailbox and discovered a letter from a patent certificate company congratulating me on my latest patent. What? I submitted that puppy four years ago! Man! that's a long time to wait. What's the patent on? It protects the idea I developed for aggregating devices to find a common cause for hardware problems. It's the method I implemented in the Solaris Crash Analysis Tool's
dev busy command and I documented in this article. The patent is available for review on Free Patents Online.
Now to bug the powers that be at Sun for my certificate and $$$ reward
By danaf on Aug 19, 2008
Since a few people have moved to newer builds of Solaris Nevada they noticed that the locale packages changed. On Solaris, the Second Life viewer requires locale support for ISO 8859-1 and ISO 8859-15. These are the default locales expected by the viewer and in older SL versions, not having them has led to crashes. On Solaris 10, these locales are bundled in SUNWi15cs, SUNWi1cs, & SUNWnamos. Now for the tricky part. Somewhere around Nevada/OpenSolaris build 91, the packages for this locale support changed from those listed above to SUNWlang-common-extra & SUNWlang-en-extra. If you are using a newer build of Nevada, just make sure you have SUNWlang-common-extra & SUNWlang-en-extra installed. I've modified the package dependencies for Nevada/OpenSolaris. The downloads for viewer version 1.20.15 are available for Nevada/OpenSolaris and Solaris 10.
While I have your attention, you may have noticed that the mp3 plugin is missing from builds of Nevada/OpenSolaris on builds after b83. That surprised a lot of us and it was a conscious decision to protect Solaris licensees from litigation. (Since I love my job at Sun, I'll keep my personal feelings about this decision out of this blog.) If you need a mp3 plugin, a free one is available from various sources including this place. You can also build the default plugins yourself. The source is available at the GStreamer Home Page. I advise you to pay special attention to the licenses documented in the packages. In a nutshell, just because something is free to download does not mean it's free to use!
Friday Jul 18, 2008
By danaf on Jul 18, 2008
Wednesday Jul 16, 2008
By danaf on Jul 16, 2008
Well it's been five long years since an update of Solaris Crash Analysis Tool (CAT) was released to the public and I'm happy to report that the Solaris CAT Development Team (John, Paul, and I) were finally given the time to work through the red tape and get a new release out. Yes! Solaris CAT 5.0 is available for immediate download from here. This new version not only supports the newer releases of Solaris, namely Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris/Nevada, it also suports both SPARC and x86/x64 architectures and includes commands that support zones, the Solaris Volume Manager, ZFS, Sun Cluster, plus many more features. I'd recommend reading the Release Notes (/opt/SUNWscat/docs/index.html) for both this release and Release 4.2 to get yourself up to date on everything that has been changed, fixed, and added in 5.0. Enjoy and please let the Solaris CAT Team know how you like the tool by commenting on our blog or sending email to SolarisCAT_Feedback@Sun.COM. I'm also happy to report that we'll be trying to release versions once every six months.
What is Solaris CAT? It's a Solaris kernel crash dump (and live kernel) access tool that provides simple intuitive commands which can be used to quickly analyze crash dumps. It's developed by Sun kernel engineers (those who support customers) who analyze kernel core files for a living. It's different from mdb because its geared more towards analysis instead of debugging. It's also different from mdb because it's development is done as a hobby by a handful of people and is officially an "unsupported" tool (though if one finds a bug and let's us know, we likely fix it quickly.) And so you are confident, SolarisCAT is used thousands of times a month here at Sun. Therefore, it gets plenty of testing
As an example of Solaris CAT's power, the following is from a system that was hanging and where the user interrputed the kernel with a "break". As you can see below, the dev busy command not only isolated the devices that were "hanging", it also discovered that an interface card, /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3, is likely the culprit. Without that analysis, the engineer working on that crash dump may waste time trying to chase "failing" devices before the interface card or lpfc was identified as the culprit.
SolarisCAT(vmcore.1/8U)> dev busy Scanning for busy devices: sd321 @ 0x3000537db30(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 20 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,27 sd322 @ 0x3000537d370(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 20 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,28 sd323 @ 0x3000537cbb0(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 1 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,29 sd324 @ 0x3000537c3f0(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 1 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,2a sd327 @ 0x3000542cbb8(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 20 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,26 sd343 @ 0x3000546abd8(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 1 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,1b sd347 @ 0x30005456be0(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 3 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,1f sd348 @ 0x30005456040(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 2 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,20 sd349 @ 0x300054493a8(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 4 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,21 sd351 @ 0x30005436050(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 9 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,23 sd353 @ 0x300054a8fd8(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 5 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,3f sd358 @ 0x30005476450(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 3 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@0,40 sd432 @ 0x300054a8818(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 9 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@a,5 sd433 @ 0x300054a8058(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 1 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@a,6 sd436 @ 0x30005496c00(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 1 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@a,9 sd476 @ 0x30005534850(scsi_disk), DEVICE BUSY, un_ncmds: 6 /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3/sd@1,5a By aggregating "busy" device paths, the following devices should also be investigated: /SUNW,Sun-Fire/ssm@0,0/pci@1c,700000/lpfc@3 Scanning for threads in biowait: 103 threads in biowait() found. threads in biowait() by device: count device (thread: max idle time) 36 32,2570(sd321,2) (0x3001c0a5ba0: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.49 seconds) /dev/dsk/c1t0d39s2(swap) 25 32,2578(sd322,2) (0x2a1002cbd20: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.95 seconds) /dev/dsk/c1t0d40s2(swap) 19 32,2618(sd327,2) (0x300979fa460: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.49 seconds) /dev/dsk/c1t0d38s2(swap) 4 237(vxio),47006 (0x300171d9ca0: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.04 seconds) /play/oradata003 4 237(vxio),47008 (0x30085682e60: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.26 seconds) /play/oradata005 2 32,3812(sd476,4) (0x30015f12600: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.48 seconds) /opt/tools 2 237(vxio),99003 (0x30014a40180: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.47 seconds) /test/archive 2 237(vxio),10000 (0x3001c0a45a0: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.31 seconds) /appl/oradata001 2 237(vxio),47004 (0x30099665b80: 1 hours 35 minutes 11.33 seconds) /play/oradata001 1 237(vxio),10004 (0x3001de53900: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.31 seconds) /appl/oradata005 1 237(vxio),51000 (0x3005c6d83c0: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.49 seconds) /bcv/prod/transfer 1 32,3808(sd476,0) (0x3001a310c00: 49 minutes 16.60 seconds) /crash 1 237(vxio),99001 (0x3009c625bc0: 9 minutes 4.67 seconds) /test/peace 1 237(vxio),99002 (0x30015f36e20: 1 hours 26 minutes 42.69 seconds) /test/oracle 1 237(vxio),8003 (0x30005fa1620: 1 hours 34 minutes 52.51 seconds) /test/redo4 1 237(vxio),10002 (0x3001405ce40: 1 hours 35 minutes 13.31 seconds) /appl/oradata003 Scanning for procs with aio: proc PID fd dev state count ==== ====== == === ===== ===== 0x3001710d520 25667 408 237(vxio),99008 pending 1 SolarisCAT(vmcore.1/8U)>
Wednesday Jun 18, 2008
By danaf on Jun 18, 2008
I thought is was about time to let folks know about the latest Solaris build of the Second Life viewer, version 126.96.36.199. Clark Dastardly has made them available at Package for Solaris 10 and Package for OpenSolaris. Streaming audio support returns in this release but only in Solaris Nevada/OpenSolaris because Solaris 10's GStreamer still needs to be updated. Please let me know if you hit any bugs/problems/issues and please give me some feed back. I would love to know how the Solaris version behaves compared to Linden Lab's official builds - yes, we still need streaming video (waiting on Sun's official AAC decoder) and Voice (waiting on Linden Lab to release a Vivox client for Solaris) so there's no need to tell me about these.
I'll try and get the patches posted to their related Second Life Jira tickets within the next few days.
Wednesday Feb 27, 2008
By danaf on Feb 27, 2008
First, you need to know that the viewer is now available outside Sun. The pre-built packages are now available off of amazonaws.com, see Jeff Barr's blog entry for the details. I want to thank these folks for putting the effort in and making the viewer available to everyone.
If you want to build the viewer yourself, please refer to my past posts on building the libraries and tweaking SConstruct. As for the patches themselves, I've submitted them under Second Life "jira" issues and, as such, I ask that you download the patches from there. The issue numbers are:
- VWR-4800 - Use Solaris kstats when running on Solaris
- VWR-4802 - add definitions for stricmp and strnicmp
- VWR-4804 - Add necessary includes to llsys.h
- VWR-4805 - add LL_SOLARIS to #if in lltimer.h
- VWR-4806- llvfs changes
- VWR-4807 - add Solaris to #if in llglstubs.h
- VWR-4808 - featuretable_solaris.txt patch
- VWR-4809 - llfloaterreporter.cpp
- VWR-4810 - add Solaris required changes to llappviewer_linux.cpp
- VWR-4811 - add LL_SOLARIS to #if in llfilepicker.cpp
- VWR-4812 - include llstring.h in llfloateranimpreview.cpp
- VWR-4813 - include llstring.h to llfloaterimagepreview.cpp
- VWR-4814 - include llstring.h in llfloaternamedesc.cpp
- VWR-4815 - add Solaris specific platform to llfloaterreporter.cpp
- VWR-4816- include Solaris in llstartup.cpp
- VWR-4817 - don't include gMovieMaker on Solaris builds
- VWR-4818- add LL_SOLARIS to #if in llfilepicker.cpp
- VWR-4819 - add LL_SOLARIS to linux #if in moviemaker.h
- VWR-4820 - add solaris_tools to newview
Seriously, save yourself a bunch of time, and just take the pre-built packages mentioned above. Attempting a SL build can induce sleeplessness, outbursts of frustration, and possible tears.
My plans for the future work on the Second Life viewer depends priorities here at Sun. I have plenty of other work on my to-do list so we'll see. But if I do get the thumbs up, I plan on doing the following:
- Reduce the number of libraries included in the SL package in favor of those bundled with OpenSolaris under the Project Indiana initiative.
- Add patches to the cmake branch of the Second Life build tree. yes, that's right, SCons is no longer going to be used to build SL. I'm not sure I like cmake but it does provide a good cross-platform (Windows, OS X, Linux, and Solaris) build environment.
- See what, if anything, can be done to get the Linux version of the Vivox client working under Solaris. I'm thinking that perhaps Project Indiana may help here.
Wednesday Oct 03, 2007
Don't ya just love toys and taking them apart to see how they work? To me it doesn't matter if it's an iPod, a laptop, or the biggest baddest thing a company makes. And nothing makes me more happy than showing how easy it is to develop stuff on Oracle Solaris.
- Oracle Solaris Crash Analysis Tool 5.3 now available
- sorrt, no new SL viewer
- new release of Solaris CAT available
- new build of SL 1.20
- Second Life Viewer Security Builds (1.20.17) Now Available
- hey, I have a new patent
- SL Viewer 1.20.15 plus Locale packages changed in Solaris Nevada/OpenSolaris
- Solaris version of the SL viewer 188.8.131.52
- Solaris Crash Analysis Tool 5.0 released
- Solaris version of the SL viewer 184.108.40.206