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Re: [Qemu-discuss] Newbie: Running Solaris8/SPARC binaries / shared obje

From: Hartmut Rombach
Subject: Re: [Qemu-discuss] Newbie: Running Solaris8/SPARC binaries / shared objects on x86-Linux Machines
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:51:48 +0200
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Hi Dennis,
Sun#1 is a Sun Enterprise 220R with 2 UltraSPARC-II 450 MHz Processors and 2 GB 
of RAM
Sun#2 is a SunBlade 150 with 1 UltraSPARC-IIe 650 MHz and 256 MB RAM (which is 
still sufficient for driving 3 Testers)

I have the installation media for the vendor-specific software, it's probably 
no problem to get the installation media for Solaris 8 from our IT-department. 
Reinstallation of the vendor-specific software is pretty simple, I've done it 
several years ago: just rsync a directory tree under /opt and create some 
symlinks for the startup files. That's it.

Currently we are using gtk for graphics. Some time ago I've downloaded the 
install packages of gtk for solaris 8 from the internet, so basically I have 
everything to do a clean install.

Am 31.08.2014 um 20:00 schrieb Dennis Luehring:
Am 31.08.2014 16:54, schrieb Hartmut Rombach:
Hello everybody,
Thank you for your quick response and for the time you spent to help me find 
the best way to keep old hardware productive.

Perhaps, it's best to describe my situation a bit more detailed to clarify the 
Back in the 1980th / 1990th, our company bought several parameter test systems 
(used for in-production testing of semiconductor devices). Those systems have a 
build in computer-board (based on an 68040 microprocessor). All of those 
testers are controlled by two Sun SPARCs running Solaris 8. User Interface, 
program generation and everything else is done on the Sun. The vendor of the 
test systems supplied us with some shared object libraries, we may use in our 
programs to control the tester (make it force some voltages, measure some 
current and so on).  So, basically we develop programs on the Sun, and use the 
vendor-supplied lib to convert and transfer our commands  to the tester, wich 
returns the results back. Please note: communication from Sun to tester is done 
via ethernet, but they are using their own network protocol and not e.g. 
tcp/ip. Unfortunately, I have only very little information about that network 
The tester-hardware is still in good condition (though out of support) and its 
performance is still sufficient for most of our products. The longer, the 
testers are usable, the more money we save.
On the other hand, the Sun SPARCs are out of support as well, and I am afraid 
that some time one of them breaks down leaving us in a quite difficult 
So I just want to check out, if it's possible to move the programs, which are currently 
running on the Sun SPARC, to an x86/Linux PC using some kind of "SPARC 

further questions:
-what are your SPARC system specs (Sparc Ultra 5, 10, etc.)?
-got the vendor-software a graphical frontend or just console programs?
-are you able to re-install solaris and the vendor software if image booting 
does not work?

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