[support-gang] gray dots forever: when 12.1.0 & 13.1.0 never fully boot (XO-1 especially? 11.3.1 too)

Paul Fox pgf at laptop.org
Tue Mar 12 14:05:18 EDT 2013

john wrote:
 > (1)  If powerd fails when the clock is set to before the Unix epoch,
 > powerd is buggy, and this bug should be ticketed and fixed.

i agree.  though i confess yesterday was the first time i'd ever
seen a negative number from "date +%s".  it kind of threw me.

ticket filed:  https://dev.laptop.org/ticket/12621

 > That bug is independent of the situation that causes the clock to get
 > set that way (which may well be another bug in another component, which
 > would deserve another ticket).

it's likely that bad validation of RTC register values is to blame, though
that remains to be seen.


 > (2) Perhaps the reason there is trouble with reflashing some laptops
 > whose clocks are bad is that the signature on the new release has a
 > limited validity time period, and the security system is rejecting the
 > new release because the bad clock looks like it's outside the validity
 > period?
 > 	John
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 paul fox, pgf at laptop.org

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