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Bug 105797 - sys-apps/pcfclock - pcfdate sometimes fails to find the clock
Summary: sys-apps/pcfclock - pcfdate sometimes fails to find the clock
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] Core system (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: No maintainer - Look at if you want to take care of it
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-09-13 06:54 UTC by Martin Hossbach
Modified: 2007-04-03 21:48 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Martin Hossbach 2005-09-13 06:54:24 UTC
I use the pcfclock package to access my dcf77 module. after updating to kernel
2.6.12-r10, (and also remerging pcfclock) the pcfdate application _sometimes_
doesn't find the clock. This happens more often from within bash scripts or
after having the bash sleep for a while.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. login
2. # sleep 10 && pcfdate -v

Actual Results:  
marvin ~ # sleep 10 && pcfdate -v
pcfdate: /dev/pcfclock0: No such device
pcfdate: /dev/pcfclock1: No such file or directory
pcfdate: /dev/pcfclock2: No such file or directory

Expected Results:  
marvin ~ # pcfdate -v
Tue Sep 13 15:51:43 2005
 - DST:         Yes
 - Sync:        Ok
 - Battery:     Ok

I first thought this had something to do with some other driver accessing the
parallel port, so I tried to deactivate anything in the kernel which could be
doing this -- ide-over-parport, iomega-drivers, ...  Still, the behavior didn't
Comment 1 Jakub Moc (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-09-13 07:05:19 UTC
This ebuild is missing metadata.xml
Comment 2 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2005-09-13 15:46:25 UTC
sounds like an incompatibility with your newer kernel ... you should probably
try downgrading and see if it fixes the issue

you could also try building the package by hand rather than using the ebuild,
sometimes that exposes a problem in the ebuild

if none of these things work you really should contact upstream:
Comment 3 Jakub Moc (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2007-04-01 22:14:03 UTC
Try w/ 0.44-r3, please.
Comment 4 Stefan Briesenick (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2007-04-03 21:48:58 UTC
well, this is a general issue with this hardware and the stupid protocol it uses via parport, not the kernel (I know this, because I own this clock also). But it's not really a problem. ntpd works w/o problems. Just syslog is populated with these warnings. Ignore or filter them...