Josh Kupershmidt <> writes:
> On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM, Tom Lane <> wrote:
>> I've just committed regression test adjustments to prevent that from
>> being a failure case, but I am confused about why it's happening.
>> I wouldn't be surprised at not getting a MAC address on a machine that
>> lacks any internet connection, but that surely can't describe the
>> buildfarm environment.  Are you curious enough to poke into it and
>> see what's going on?  It might be useful to strace a backend that's
>> trying to execute uuid_generate_v1() and see what the kernel interaction
>> looks like exactly.

> Here's the result of attaching strace to an idle backend, then running
> SELECT uuid_generate_v1(). AFAIR shearwater is a cheaply-hosted OpenVZ
> VPS under the hood.

Interesting.  Looks like you have access only to virtual network
interfaces, and they report all-zero MAC addresses, which the UUID library
is smart enough to ignore.  If smew is also in a virtual environment
then that's probably the explanation.  (There are some other buildfarm
critters that are reporting MAC addresses with the local-admin bit set,
which I suspect also means they've got virtual network interfaces, but
with a different treatment of the what-to-report problem.)

                        regards, tom lane

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