Re: 2.4.17 - hang after 'freeing unused kernel memory'

From: Mikael Pettersson (
Date: Sun Jan 06 2002 - 08:23:45 EST

On Sun, 6 Jan 2002 12:30:39 +0100, Stepan Hluchan wrote:
>I have installed the RedHat 7.2 distro (I think it comes with
>but that hangs too) on one machine A. and then transferred the HD to
>another (machine B) where it should be used. On machine A (Celeron 800Mhz)
>it all boots up fine with any kernel, on machine B (P75 @ 100Mhz, ancient
>and mobo) it hangs after the message 'freeing up XX k unused kernel memory'.
>I have compiled the 2.4.17, 2.4.0 kernels set to 'classic pentium', but both

User error. It's actually INIT that's hanging, not the kernel.
When you installed on machine A, RH chose glibc libraries optimised
for i686-class CPUs. These libraries WILL NOT RUN on anything less,
including the P5 classic in your machine B, due to their use of the
CMOV instruction.

Move the disk back to machine A. Manually install the plain i386 glibc
library (glibc-2.2.4-19.3.i386.rpm if you get it from the RH7.2 updates
sites). Then move the disk back to machine B.

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