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Problems with the 8.1 distribution tapes

    Date: Fri, 6 Sep 91 14:23:21 -0500
    From: basham@aio.jsc.nasa.gov (Bryan Basham)

    Hello Symbolics Support,

    I have recently received the Genera 8.1 distribution tapes and when
    I loaded the two "source" tapes I left out many of the systems that
    were UX and MacIvory specific -- so I thought.  One of these included
    the EMBEDDING-SUPPORT system.  After creating a Site world, I began
    constructing a "development" world with CLIM, TCP-IP, NFS, and X.
    Everything was loading great until the X-REMOTE-SCREEN system; it
    wanted the EMBEDDING-SUPPORT system to be loaded.  So I went back to
    the tapes to load that system -- low-and-behold, there was gibberish
    in those files.  Files with the LISP extension had information that
    looked like BIN files -- not all of the files, though.  Not only that,
    but there were two EMBEDDING-SUPPORT systems; one on each tape, so I
    loaded both to "get the full version".  Both of these had bad files;
    the second-tape version had the Patch directory info., but the
    system-dir file was gibberish.  Has anyone else had this problem
    and does anyone have a solution?

			    Bryan Basham

    PS - SLUGgers, please respond to my address below as I am not on SLUG.

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I had the same type of problem when restoring the X-Software (for Gen-8-0)
from the distribution tape. 

It seemed a to be a bug **in LMFS**, which 
had renamed some files (e.g. some .bin - .ibin - .lisp - files where simply
interchanged), the contents seemed to be o.k. The software
support person here in Germany told me on the phone that this was a known
bug, which sometimes appeared when restoring or copying a large number of 
files (??!!). 

However, you can find out about the wrong file(names)
doing a :verify distribution (and meanwhile going out for lunch...).

Afterwards I renamed some of the files by hand, and a bunch of files had 
to be simply restored a second time with fingers crossed.
That seemed to work for me, but it really was annoying  and
reduced my trust to LMFS a lot. (I can't really believe that there
should be such a severe bug in a file system that old!)
Any comments on that from Symbolics?

Stefan Bernemann

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