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Marcelo Tosatti: Linux 2.4.25-pre5

Jan 15, 2004, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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Here is -pre5.

This version fixes the "memory filled with unfreeable inodes" problem which occurs on high memory machines in some workloads. That is the last big problem 2.4 VM had with highmem I believe.

It contains a few other important fixes:

  • fixes a SMP deadlock introduced during 2.4.23 (which could hang the machine on high filesystem activity).
  • fixes a memory allocation deadlock in USB

Amongst others.

Please test it!

Detailed changelog follows

Summary of changes from v2.4.25-pre4 to v2.4.25-pre5


  • ia64 Configure.help update


  • Add AGP support for Radeon IGP 345M


  • Fix ext3/quota deadlock


  • i2c cleanups: Config.in
  • i2c cleanup: saa7146.h should include i2c-old.h, not i2c.h
  • i2c cleanup: i2c-core fixes



  • Cset exclude: rtjohnso@eecs.berkeley.edu|ChangeSet|20040109135735|05388
  • Fix microcode update compilation error
  • Fix Makefile typo


  • [PPC64] Improved NVRAM handling
  • [PPC64] Buffer error log entries in NVRAM


  • microcode update


  • USB ioctl fixes (vicam.c, w9968cf.c)


  • [PPC64] Fix a compile warning that becomes an error with gcc 3.4


  • SiS Framebuffer driver update


  • ips SCSI driver update

Adrian Bunk:

  • fix CONFIG_DS1742 Config.in entry
  • remove REPORT_LUNS from cpqfcTSstructs.h
  • disallow modular CONFIG_COMX

Alan Cox:

  • Fix USB hangs
  • Minimal fix for the R128 drivers

Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz:

  • create /proc/ide/hdX/capacity only once

Ben Collins:

  • [IEEE1394]: Fix bug in updating configrom

David Engebretsen:

  • [PPC64] Distribute processing of hypervisor events over all processors

David Woodhouse:

  • Fix SMP deadlock in __waitonfreeing_inode() (introduced during 2.4.23)

Hugh Dickins:

  • tmpfs readdir does not update dir atime

Paul Mackerras:

  • [PPC64] Remove some unnecessary code from arch/ppc64/kernel/prom.c
  • [PPC64] Make /dev/sda3 the default root device (rather than sda2)
  • [PPC64] Add functions to update and manage flash ROM under Linux on pSeries
  • [PPC64] Update defconfig and the example configs

Pete Zaitcev:

  • Unhork ymfpci broken by hasty janitors

Rik van Riel:

  • Reclaim inodes with highmem pages when low on memory

Tom Rini:

  • PPC32: Add support for the CPCI-405 board
  • PPC32: Fix cross-compilation from Solaris or Cygwin
  • PPC32: s/CONFIG_SMC2_UART/CONFIG_8xx_SMC2/g to match the code