HEADS UP ON -DEVELOPMENT
dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Fri Aug 5 09:25:30 PDT 2005
Joerg and I have discussed the struct stat and struct dirent changes.
So far the stat work has been committed and the dirent work is still
in progress. This is work to increase ino_t from 32 to 64 bits and
nlink_t from 16 to 32 bits.
The major library revs were bumped between RELEASE and DEVELOPMENT,
we have decided that we are NOT going to be bumping the library major
revs again, let alone three times.
This means that both the recent work in DEVELOPMENT/HEAD and shortly
upcoming work will require a full recompile of everything... world,
plus any installed programs, and when the dirent changes go in it
will require another full recompile of everything.
In this respect the DEVELOPMENT/HEAD tree should be considered somewhat
unstable at the moment. Not because of bugs, but because of these
necessary changes to widely used structures.
I have not slipped the PREVIEW tag. I wanted to do it before the stat
changes but there was a bit of miscommunication (the stat changes went
in before the dirent changes were even started). So at this point I
am going to wait for the dirent changes before slipping the PREVIEW
In other news, all of our SMP testers have reported a huge improvement
in stability with recent bug fixes. The last bits of those fixes
(in particular the softupdates fix) are being MFC'd to the RELEASE
branch today, and I will probably bump the release sub-version and
slip the official release tag on Sunday.
I think I can say with some assurance that the most aggregious SMP
bugs have now been fixed. Except for softupdates they all turned out
to be fairly simple fixes, despite being very hard to find due to
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