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Linus Torvalds: Linux-2.4.2

Feb 22, 2001, 07:47 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linus Torvalds)
Subject: Linux-2.4.2
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 18:19:43 -0800 (PST)
From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@transmeta.com>
To: Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>


Ok, the patch looks huge (it's a meg and a half compressed, 6+ megs
uncompressed), but most of the patch by far is S/390 updates and the
 new Cris architecture.

The biggest real changes that impact normal users are the two bugs
 that could corrupt your harddisk. The IDE driver bug that Russell
 found has, to my knowledge, never been shown to happen on anything
 but his ARM machine, but for all we know it could be quite bad even
 on x86. Similarly, the elevator bug could cause corruption, but
 probably has not actually bit people in practice. But both are
 definitely deadly at least in theory even on bog-standard common PC
 hardware.

The reiserfs fix should hopefully make the "null bytes in log-files"
problem a non-issue, and along with the smbfs/HIGHMEM thing it is
certainly important for those that it can affect.

                Linus

----

final:
 - sync up more with Alan
 - Urban Widmark: smbfs and HIGHMEM fix
 - Chris Mason: reiserfs tail unpacking fix ("null bytes in reiserfs
 files") - Adan Richter: new cpia usb ID
 - Hugh Dickins: misc small sysv ipc fixes
 - Andries Brouwer: remove overly restrictive sector size check for
   SCSI cd-roms

-pre4:
 - big S/390x 64-bit merge
 - typos and license name fixes. doc updates.
 - more include file cleanups (phase out "malloc.h")
 - even more elevator corner cases.. When not merging, find the best
 insertion point. - pmac ide update
 - network fixes (netif_wake_queue on tx timeout)
 - USB printer select() fix
 - NFS client missed initialization, deamon fixed client address
 check

-pre3:
 - Jens: better ordering of requests when unable to merge
 - Neil Brown: make md work as a module again (we cannot autodetect
   in modules, not enough background information)
 - Neil Brown: raid5 SMP locking cleanups
 - Neil Brown: nfsd: handle Irix NFS clients named pipe behavior and
   dentry leak fix
 - maestro3 shutdown fix
 - fix dcache hash calculation that could cause bad hashes under
 certain circumstances (Dean Gaudet)
 - David Miller: networking and sparc updates
 - Jeff Garzik: include file cleanups
 - Andy Grover: ACPI update
 - Coda-fs error return fixes
 - rth: alpha Jensen update

-pre2:
 - driver sync up with Alan
 - Andrew Morton: wakeup cleanup and race fix
 - Paul Mackerras: macintosh driver updates.
 - don't trust "page_count()" on reserved pages!
 - Russell King: fix serious IDE multimode write bug!
 - me, Jens, others: fix elevator problem
 - ARM, MIPS and cris architecture updates
 - alpha updates: better page clear/copy, avoid kernel lock in execve
 - USB and firewire updates
 - ISDN updates
 - Irda updates

-pre1:
 - XMM: don't allow illegal mxcsr values
 - ACPI: handle non-existent battery strings gracefully
 - Compaq Smart Array driver update
 - Kanoj Sarcar: serial console hardware flow control support
 - ide-cs: revert toc-valid cache checking in 2.4.1
 - Vojtech Pavlik: update via82cxxx driver to handle the vt82c686
 - raid5 graceful failure handling fix
 - ne2k-pci: enable device before asking the irq number
 - sis900 driver update
 - riva FB driver update
 - fix silly inode hashing pessimization
 - add SO_ACCEPTCONN for SuS
 - remove modinfo hack workaround, all newer modutils do it correctly
 - datagram socket shutdown fix
 - mark process as running when it takes a page-fault