I recently installed Debian on a dual AMD64 box for the purpose of running MySQL. I blogged the experience:
In sum, things installed fine and it's running well. In fact, it's silly fast compared to the older (underpowered) box we had before. The load hovers around 0.00...
One issue I've run into is with NFS, which is connecting to a Fedora Core 2 (well, really BLAG20k alpha) box. It gives these errors over and over:
nfs: server 10.1.1.1 not responding, still trying
nfs: server 10.1.1.1 OK
pings show no connectivity problems whatsoever, and I can still read/write the NFS mount. When doing a 3+ gig
mysqldump it croaks. The "not responding" even happens when there is no traffic going to the NFS server. The NFS server is mounted by other Fedora (BLAG) boxes without a problem. This is using gigabit ethernet, without jumbo frames on any of the boxes. I can set jumbo frames on the NFS box, but not on eth1 on the debian box (Broadcom BCM5705). On debian it gives this error:
SIOCSIFMTU: Invalid argument.
I'm not sure if the issue is debian/fedora related or the AMD64 port.
Another issue I ran into was after doing a
apt-get dist-upgrade which grabbed a new kernel and rebooting, the system panicked. This happened because it left the initrd out of the new grub config. Kind of a pain on a remote system...
Despite the issues above, I really like the speed of the system...
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