Hi All !
This one is a bit technical and i hope we come to a solution.
I finally managed to install a VMWare server on Debien Etch kernel 2.6.18-3-686. Beside all the problems noted and fixed in another post
I still have an issue related to RTC.
This is what should happen on a normal system :
[root@testsystem ~] hwclock
Wed 03 Jan 2007 06:07:26 PM EST -0.758061 seconds
[root@testsytem ~] cat /proc/interrupts
8: 8 IO-APIC-edge rtc
The number 8 would increase beside IO-APIC-edge rtc showing that hwclock receives correct interrupts form /dev/rtc...
That's not the case on the Dell PowerEdge 860.
[root@pe860 ~] hwclock
select() to /dev/rtc to wait for clock tick timed out
[root@pe860 ~] cat /proc/interrupts
8: 0 0 IO-APIC-edge rtc
This issue is corrected on Dell servers by adding --directisa option to a hwclock command or in /etc/init.d/hwclock.sh for booting slowdowns and shutdowns... But the issue is affecting directly VMware server.
This message is logged in syslog
Jan 3 16:08:41 pe860 kernel: rtc: lost some interrupts at 2048Hz.
Jan 3 16:09:12 pe860 last message repeated 1512 times
Jan 3 16:10:13 pe860 last message repeated 3051 times
The final issue is that the time on the virtual machine is sooooo slow. 1 sec = 5 sec realtime. This is I belive because /dev/rtc is broken and must be fixed in the kernel (or rtc module)
At this point, any ideas are welcome.