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Feb 26, 2002, 05:05 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Andrews)

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"Marcello released the 2.4.18-final kernel today, then twenty minutes later apologized, "Ok, DAMN. I missed the -rc4 patch in 2.4.18. Real sorry about that ". A steady stream of email began flooding the lkml, full of numerous suggestions on how to resolve "the problem". The story was quickly picked up by Slashdot, which only added to the confusion.

In reality, it was nothing more than a relatively minor mistake. 2.4.18-pre4, which quickly followed 2.4.18-pre3 (see this earlier story ) included a small patch (to 'fs/binfmt_elf.c') that was then not included in the final 2.4.18. In other words, 2.4.18-final is 2.4.18-pre3, not 2.4.18-pre4 as intended. The missing patch (which you can add yourself here) was a fix for a bug introduced recently, around -pre6, affecting non-x86 ports. In Marcelo's words, "The patch which I missed only breaks static apps on _some_ architectures (not including x86)".

Some of the relevant emails follow, as does the 2.4.19-pre1 changelog. Released today, this -pre patch includes the fix dropped from 2.4.18-final, and many other changes. "

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