Kernel Traffic #75 For 10 Jul 2000
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Mailing List Stats For This Week
We looked at 1030 posts in 4071K.
There were 400 different contributors.
174 posted more than once.
145 posted last week too.
The top posters of the week were:
- 54 posts in 149K by Alan Cox
- 28 posts in 99K by Alexander Viro
- 21 posts in 95K by Andre Hedrick
- 19 posts in 73K by Tigran Aivazian
- 17 posts in 62K by Keith Owens
- Full Stats
Big ReiserFS Flame War
10 Jun 2000 - 27 Jun 2000
Subject: "Re: (reiserfs) Re: New Linux 2.5 - 2.6 TODO (Alan Cox suggestsdelaying reiserfs integration)"
Topics: Code Freeze, FS: JFS, FS: NFS, FS: ReiserFS, FS: ext2, FS: ext3, Microkernels, Networking, Random Number Generation, SMP, Version Control
Hans Reiser, Alan Cox, Colin McCormack, Christopher Fisk, James Sutherland, Theodore Y. Ts'o, Richard Gooch, Chip Salzenberg, Chris Mason, Stephen C. Tweedie, Andreas Dilger
Hang on to your hats folks, the first step is a doozy. The last time
ReiserFS was covered on KT was in Issue #72, Section #12
(6 Jun 2000: Standardizing Journalling Filesystem Interactions With Virtual Memory)
, and it seemed that the seas had calmed and the
clouds had parted. However...
In the course of discussion, Hans Reiser accused,
Alan knew perfectly well that Linus tentatively planned to put
reiserfs into 2.4.0, and yet Alan came out with a schedule in which reiserfs
was deferred until 2.5. Thus the squabble. Alan has come up with an endless
series of FUD reasons why ReiserFS should not go in, none of them valid. If
Alan wants to put in some better architecture for journaling, fine, but
reiserfs going in now does not prevent doing that. Alan Cox replied
You are actually beginning to piss me off, which is
quite an achievement.
Your pathetic little attempts to bully people into merging your file system
by trying to make them look biased if they dont follow your little whim are
not going to work. If you get a bonus from your funders for being in 2.4
tough. Thats not how Linux works.
I've read Machivelli's The Prince. I've read The Art Of War. I've fought
Telco management stupidty in the trenches. I worked in the computer games
industry. You simply aren't in the right league to play such games so please
Now if you must whine, whine in private. You are becoming the biggest
hindrance to the acceptance of the file system your engineers are writing
for you. If you want to get it in 2.4 then fix the bugs like the Postgres
problem, keep the code clean and sort out things like the interactions with
NFS handles, and your strange extra errno codes. Thats far more productive
than being an idiot on the kernel list.
Hans replied that he'd work on the technical problems, and added,
I'll ignore the other stuff you said, and thank you for
contributing so much to our community over so many years, for you have
indeed done so. Colin McCormack replied to Alan as well:
Reiser questions Cox's personal integrity. Cox
then suggests that Reiser's comments could hinder his code's inclusion in
For Cox to even suggest this as a pretext for exclusion merely confirms
Reiser's perceptions. Decisions may be made on personal (not engineering)
I would have hoped that Linux bundling decisions were exclusively
engineering-based, ``For however strong a new prince may be in troops, yet
will he always have need of the good will of the inhabitants, if he wishes
to enter into firm possession of the country.'' [Machiavelli, the
I should add, on a personal note, that I only speak freely because I have no
intention of ever adding a line to Linux kernel, unless it's forked.
There were several replies to this and one long subthread. Christopher Fisk
didn't see Alan and Hans' exchange in the light Colin did, and felt instead
Reiser was spending so much time stirring
up things on linux-kernel that his attention probably wasn't on fixing the
things that made Alan decide not to include the code. There was no
reply to this, but Alan Cox also replied to Colin's take, specifically the
statement that he (Alan) had suggested he would bar code from the kernel
because of Hans' comments. Alan said to this,
dont. I suggest he's pissing off people who would otherwise help use and
debug his fs. And I have third party mails and comments that prove that
There was no reply to this, but James Sutherland started the long subthread
in reply to Colin. He started off replying to Colin's characterization of
Alan's motives, saying,
No. He indicated that
Reiser was not making any progress or friends by making personal (unfounded)
allegations. There are right and wrong ways to attempt to establish support
for your plan: slagging off one of the most respected and productive members
of the community on a false premise is probably not the right way...
Replying to Machiavelli's quote, James added,
The quote appears to support my side of this, not yours...
Reiser is trying to force his code into the kernel prematurely, and rather
than building support, he is just attacking those who oppose him - using his
strength of troops to override the wishes of the inhabitants.
some of the things Reiser says
may count against the premature inclusion of RFS in the kernel, and
including RFS without adequate
integration testing and support/maintenance would be substantially worse
than not including it. Reiser's antagonism strongly suggests that there will
be limited cooperation over future development/maintenance; if this is the
case, the code must be excluded.
Finally, James asked why Colin wouldn't contribute to the kernel unless it
was forked, and Colin replied,
developed by someone who half-formed an opinion on microkernels years ago
and has not revised it since; who thinks a module is something you buy at
Ikea; who can't/won't use a version control system and who bitches at people
who do (I'm thinking of the ISDN people, here); who refuses to accept
patches in .bz2 format (god knows why), who seems to adopt rather arbitrary
stances on technical matters, [...big breath...] and it shows.
To James' assertion that some of Hans' comments might count against
including ReiserFS prematurely into the kernel, Colin also said,
Reiser has some opinions regarding the political and
economic nature of Linux development. The views may have merit, or none, but
that's completely unrelated to the nature of the code he's
To this last, Theodore Y. Ts'o entered the discussion, with,
While I agree with this in principle in general
(although I wonder how much of the code is actually Han's; it seems that
he's managed to con a bunch of programmers to do his work for him), I remain
concerned that we not set a precedent that the way to get something into the
kernel is to act like a paranoid asshole. That to me would be rewarding the
wrong sets of behaviour.
Two subthreads branched off from there. Richard Gooch agreed with Theodore
that it would be bad to encourage that kind of behavior, but at the same
time, he chastized Theodore for accusing Hans of "conning" people into
coding ReiserFS. Richard added,
He shouldn't be
rewarded for bad behaviour, but he shouldn't be singled out for exclusion
either. He has not sinned alone. Chip Salzenberg put in,
My experience in the Perl community has taught me that
tolerating or even celebrating buttheads who happen to be technically
prolific is, in the end, very costly. It creates a skin-thickness
requirement. Some who might have contributed leave rather than putting up
with verbal abuse. A once-friendly community is be sacrificed on the altar
of technical advancement... ironically, to the eventual detriment of
both. In a later post, Chip added:
Hans happened to trigger the discussion, and I
happen to dislike his conspiracy theories, so I could see how it would look
like I'm picking on him specifically. But I'm not. I'm just taking this
opportunity to discuss the theory and practice of open source cooperation.
On the other hand: It's not necessary to wait for the one and only worst
social interaction on L-K before the issue can be discussed.
On the gripping hand: I don't think Hans' particular brand of irritation
should keep reiserfs out of the kernel. If Hans were, hypothetically, to
become impossible to work with someday, we would have no problem with
maintenance, because the reiserfs programming team would still be available
... and they've shown themselves to be friendly and cooperative, as far as I
Elsewhere, Hans replied to Theodore's statement that Hans had "conned"
programmers into doing his coding for him. Hans replied:
This is a remarkable statement, I mean when you
dislike someone you get downright religious about it don't you? Just so that
I fully understand you, do you view workers as victimized exploitees of evil
capitalists? Is an architect who comes up with ideas and algorithms and
stares at the wall and systematically schmoozes with every other member of
the team about their aspect of the design, and then usually asks other team
members to do the coding for him, is this a lazy parasite who doesn't do
real work in your view of things? The guy who works 40 hours a week to earn
the money to pay the other programmers, and then lives like a college
student while he works another 15-20 hours a week sending emails arguing
over and directing their algorithms for 6 years before the project makes a
penny on its own, he's a victimizer in your book, yes?
We are all a bunch of basically generous persons squabbling over how best to
give free software to the world and getting a little silly doing it. I can
become an instant millionaire anytime I choose to take one of my standing
offers to abandon reiserfs for a proprietary software company, and I am sure
the rest of you have had similar offers. All of us would be making a lot
more money if we had chosen to do proprietary software. Try not to get so
wrapped up in accusing the other person of paranoiac evilness that you lose
your perspective on that, ok?
Hans also added his "FUD List" of things that had been said against ReiserFS
Chris Mason replied to several points. To item 1, he said,
- ReiserFS has serious VFS problems [it had unnecessary checks in it, but it
was said in such a way that we wasted man-weeks reviewing before we could
say for sure that it was not something more serious, the person who said it
is unable to come up with anything more than these (now removed) unnecessary
checks to complain about.]
- The disk format will change [Disk format changes will be merged into the
mainstream kernel once per major kernel release. The mainstream version will
be called "reiserfs". Development work tied to disk format changes will be
done on a filesystem called "reiser4" which will be merged into "reiserfs"
at the end of the 18-24 month linux development cycle. New versions will be
able to read old version disk formats using our object oriented format
handling code (which is getting more and more sophisticated and powerful
with each version we come out with.) New versions will not convert old
formats unless told to do so by the user. We are backporting reiserfs 3.6 to
linux 2.2 so that even if users do convert they will be supported. ]
- ReiserFS should wait for somebody else to do journaling for it, and only
then be merged in.
- Oooh, that evil Reiser, he didn't like our suggestion that he wait for
somebody else we pick to do his journaling for him, he's going to be
difficult to work with and should be kept out of the kernel for that reason.
(Actually, it will be easy to get us to spend a few days to modify our code
to use interfaces with specifications needed by other filesystems if you
ask, so long as you don't ask us to wait for code you haven't written before
making use of ours.)
- Oooh, that evil Reiser, he suggested that we engage in social exclusion and
factionalization rather than just judging software by its merits, we need to
punish him for saying such nasty things by excluding his software. (The
irony of this seems completely lost on them. Thanks to Colin for doing the
complete devastation of their logic.)
- And now the new, Oooh, that evil Reiser, he cons programmers into working
for him so that he can live a 70 hour work week life of leisure. (Yes, now
that I don't have a day job I do work longer hours than ever before, what a
fool I be....)
It was time well spent, as the code ended up much nicer when Vladimir
was done. We shouldn't complain here, we had bugs, and now they are
fixed. To item 4, Chris said,
read all the threads again. It was a confusing mess of flames and
misunderstandings, and we certainly didn't do much to keep the flame/content
ratio down. And finally, to item 3, Chris replied:
This is the real reason I replied, it needs to be
cleared up. What I got from Alan and Stephen's comments was that a common
journal layer would be a good thing. The real issue at hand is the memory
pressure interface, and how the journals interact with the buffer cache.
We have our own end_io handlers for the log blocks, and the only other
copied code is a reiserfs version of unmap_buffer.
Both Stephen and Alan have replied saying they don't intend to force
reiserfs to use the ext3 journal layer. Part of the confusion is my fault
for offering to give the ext3 JFS a try, I'm not going to abandon the
reiserfs journal layer, but I will try to improve it.
Hans replied with an example. He spoke of someone who had written an ext2
resizer, while the maintainer of the relevant sections of code (Stephen C.
Tweedie) had not bothered to look at the patch for six months. He concluded,
Here is some poor guy who has put in the rather
substantial labor required to write an online resizer, and his code is just
going to waste and there is nothing he can do about it. He has even spent
time rewriting the code to minimize the kernel portion of it so that these
other guys will have less to read. It wasn't enough. Stephen replied
that he'd reviewed the code in April, and added,
I'd prefer this patch to be an early 2.5 inclusion than a 2.4
feature, since we were already _well_ into codefreeze before I ever saw the
proposed ext2 changes. Online ext2 resizing is important, but I'd rather see
any core ext2 changes get a _lot_ of testing before a major release, and
certainly we'd need good reason to restructure such critical code during
codefreeze. And Theodore also replied to Hans, saying:
.... and now, for the rest of the story.
Andreas Dilger has asked us to integrate a patch which makes it easier for
him to maintain his on-line resizing patch. It moves a lot of code around
from ext2_read_super() to a new function. It is supposedly doesn't change
any lines of codes, but it is a very large patch, and so it's painful to
integrate. Given that it had no functional changes, I gave it a low
Given that other pieces of the kernel which I am responsible for (and which
are already in the Linux mainline) which have SMP race conditions
(/dev/random) or which give kernel OOPS when you open the device (the
rocketport driver), the gentle reader will perhaps excuse me for not
attending to a 200 line patch which added no functional changes, but which
carried the risk of potentially destablizing a critical piece of the kernel.
Remember, unlike Hans Reiser, I don't have a staff of a dozen people working
for me. While this means that sometimes my bandwidth is a little limited, it
has the advantage that I don't get placed into conflict-of-interest
situations where the desire to earn enough support income to pay for my
employees doesn't tempt me to push for integrating non-bugfix changes during
a code freeze.
To Andreas's credit, at no point did he come to me and ask me to integrate
patches that actually integrated the on-line ext2 resizing code into the
mainline kernel. And if he had, I would have told him that we were in code
freeze (even six months ago, we were in code freeze), and that the ext2
filesystem is too critical to risk destablizing it once we entered 2.3.99.
In fact, as far as I know, he was planning on maintaining the on-line
resizing patch as a separate patch, and was not trying to integrate it into
Linux 2.4. The first that I heard that there was some desire to sneak the
full on-line resizing functionality into Linux 2.4 came from Hans
To Hans' statement that the author of the ext2 online resizer probably
wouldn't approve of his post, Theodore said:
The cynical person might perhapos think that
this might be a Micheavillean attempt by Hans to try to manufacture this as
an excuse to get reiserfs into the kernel. ("See, you let ext2 have changes,
clearly the code freeze doesn't have any meaning so you should let reiserfs
in!"). The more charitable explanation is that there is a fundamental
philosophical disagreement over what "code freeze" means, and what levels of
reliability and code maturity is required before letting filesystem code
into production use.
I repeat, as far as I know Andreas has never advocated that we try to make
fundamental functional changes to the ext2 code at this late date. Only Hans
seems to be strongly argueing for this. Why? I will leave it to others to
speculate; but ext2 isn't even his filesystem.
To this last, Alan replied,
Nothing so sinister.
Andreas originally asked about merging that bit to make things cleaner. He
hasnt asked me about merging the whole thing. Ever. Hans said,
I have the impression that he would like the whole
thing to go in but has despaired of it. It seems quite sad to me. I suspect
him of being an overly nice guy like Chris.:-) This thread should die
though, better that I spend my time ensuring that it doesn't happen to
patches sent in for reiserfs. And the thread ended.
Linus Announces 2.4.0-test2
23 Jun 2000 - 28 Jun 2000
Topics: Kernel Release Announcement
Linus Torvalds, Richard Gooch, Garst R. Reese, Alan Cox, Tigran Aivazian
Linus Torvalds announced Linux 2.4.0-test2:
There's a "test2" kernel out there now,
integrating most of the -ac patches, and some code that wasn't in -ac.
Normally, when you integrate almost 5MB of patches, bad things happen. This
time, a miracle occurred. As I uploaded the resultant kernel, a specter of
the holy penguin appeared before me, and said "It is Good. It is Bugfree".
As if wanting to re-assure me that yes, it really =was= the holy penguin, it
finally added "Do you have any Herring?" before fading out in a puff of holy
penguin-smoke. Only a faint whiff of rancid fish remains as I type in these
In short, not only are most of Alan's patches integrated, I have it on
higher authority that the result is perfect.
So if it doesn't compile for you, you must be doing something wrong.
Richard Gooch posted a patch and said,
same problem I told you about a couple of days ago: it doesn't compile with
the recommended compiler (gcc 184.108.40.206). Maybe this time you'll apply my
patch? ;-) Later, Garst R. Reese said,
Long ago I came to the conclusion that if the kernel was evolving it
would evolve in an evolving environment, so I kept my binutils and compiler
reasonably updated, at least to the last official release. This strategy has
been quite successful for me. I have also noted that Changes is usually
ancient history, specifically with respect pcmcia, but I am sure that Chris
does his best. But maybe it would help if there was some version information
with new releases it would help. E.g,. cat /proc/version and ld -v
Tigran Aivazian also rose to the challenge, posting a patch for a fix that
had gone into Alan Cox's tree, but hadn't made it into Linus' test2. There
followed a medium/long technical discussion of why Tigran's patch hadn't
gone in, involving some deep exploration into the C standard and its
relationship to practical development.
There were a smattering of other bug reports, but no other discussion.
2.4.0-test2 Problems; Status Of ac1
24 Jun 2000 - 27 Jun 2000
Subject: "linux-2.4.0-test2 deadlocks"
Topics: Disks: SCSI, FS: ReiserFS, Virtual Memory
Christopher Zimmerman, Jens Axboe
Christopher Zimmerman reported that a single 'bonnie' process with a 2G file
had deadlocked linux-2.4.0-test2 on his 8way 3ware raid 0. Henrik Storner
noticed a similar lockup on his Red Hat 6.2 with Reiserfs. He reported his
hardware as including a PII/350 with 128 MB RAM, and a Symbios 53c875 SCSI
controller with an IBM DDRS-34560 attached. Elsewhere, Christopher reported
that test2-ac1 seemed to fix the problem. Later, he added,
linux-2.4.0-test2-ac1 seems golden to me. I've
spent the last 8 hours trying every and anyway to kill my test boxes
Everything seems to be rock solid. Later, he reported his machine
crashed with "VM: killed klogd" errors, but Jens Axboe replied,
That's most likely an unrelated problem, looks like -ac1 is
still not perfect mm wise.
24 Jun 2000 - 27 Jun 2000
Subject: "kernel (2.4.0-test2) Oops while starting"
Jens Taprogge reported oopsen with test2 when running the 'S20modclean'
script from Debian Woody (unstable). He listed his hardware as being a
Toshiba Satellite 4000CDS. Glenn C. Hofmann also reported lots of oopsen
with Woody. Jens reported no better luck with 2.4.0test3-pre1. Elsewhere,
Mitja Sarp also reported lockups on the Toshiba Tecra 8100. No real
debugging took place; maybe folks assumed Woody would turn out to be the
Some Instruction On Fixing Broken Mirrors
26 Jun 2000 - 29 Jun 2000
Subject: "Linux 2.4.0-test2-ac2"
Topics: I2O, Sound: i810
Alan Cox, H. Peter Anvin, Philipp Thomas, Derek Martin, Jens Axboe, Arjan van de Ven, Tim Waugh, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz
Alan Cox released 2.4.0-test2-ac2 and remarked,
people started running ac1 I've put out an ac2 with the various reverts
people pointed out fixed and some important furthe fixes done. He
listed from the Changelog:
Derek Martin reported that ftp.us.kernel.org seemed to have lost the
entire 2.4 tree and all of Alan's patches. H. Peter Anvin replied:
- Fix the elevator bug (Jens Axboe)
- Fix gcc 2.7.2 building (Various)
- Fix building with CONFIG_NET=n (Arjan van de Ven)
- Fix memory copy cases with gcc 2.96 (Philipp Thomas)
- Fix 8390 non modular not exporting syms | different fix but Sang-yong found the bug (Sang-yong Suh)
- Fix compiled in I2O bug (Arjan van de Ven)
- Fix UFS indirect bug (Marcel Waldvogel)
- Fix ppdev init bug (Mikolaj J. Habryn)
- pcibios_penalize_isa_irq cannot be __init (Chris Wedgewood)
- Fix scripts/kernel-doc regexp (Tim Waugh)
- Fix comx symbols needed | Probably the comx proc code is what needs sorting for real (Kjaratan Maraas)
- Fix coda crash (Steven Smith)
- FIx ambiguous CPU name problem on config (Niels Jensen)
- Fix sisfb breakage (Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz)
- FIx i810 audio memory scribbles (Vladimir V. Klenov)
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Kernel Documentation Project
27 Jun 2000 - 30 Jun 2000
Subject: "linux-kernel-documentation, proposal"
Topics: Disks: IDE, Disks: SCSI
Alan Cox, Rik van Riel, Douglas Gilbert, Gary Lawrence Murphy, Garst R. Reese, Stephen Torri, Tim Waugh, Andre Hedrick
Andre Hedrick reported that a lot of people had volunteered to help him
document the ATA/IDE subsystem, and it gave him the idea for a more
organized, more general system of documenting the kernel in its entirety. He
suggested that such an effort could be self-directed, aiming against
particular FUD attacks as they appeared. But Alan Cox replied,
Each to his own goals. I want to be able to type 'make book'
and get a book that I can hand to anyone wanting to do Linux drivers
8) Garst R. Reese agreed, adding that he felt the feature to be
absolutely essential for any kernel documentation project to survive. Rik
van Riel added,
I started email@example.com
for this a long itme ago, but didn't find the list very active after the
initial rush ;( Later it seemed folks wanted to revive Rik's mailing
list for the current project. Elsewhere, Douglas Gilbert mentioned,
Gary Lawrence Murphy put in:
some good work has been done in the
Documentation/DocBook directory which is what I believe Alan was alluding
to. If people want to try the sgml/docbook route then I found Tim Waugh very
knowledgeable. He helped me produce this document describing the SCSI
subsystem in lk 2.4: http://www.torque.net/scsi/linux_scsi_24/
The LDP HOWTO-HOWTO is also evolving
rapidly into a Linux Authoring Guide which will explain the mysteries of
DocBook. The document now contains a very good template for newcomers,
surveys of authoring tools and the basic instructions for creating an
authoring environment using OpenJade.
Anyone with specific questions about DocBook documentation is also invited
to write to me; since I'm being paid to document the kernel, I have a vested
interest in getting you all up to speed ;)
Tim Waugh replied, with a pointer to http://people.redhat.com/twaugh/docbook/selfdocbook.
Elsewhere, Garst said,
I would just like to
restate that I think it extremely important that we choose an outline and
format. My personal preference would be to use LyX, but this could be
because I find the documentation of DocBook and sgml-lite so inscrutable :)
Most of the details can be sorted out when we have a list, but we will have
a basic dependancy on the code writers to supply the basics, and our success
will depend on them percieving it as a valuable service, rather than just
something else eating away their time. Stephen Torri agreed, but
cautioned against getting into text-editor-wars.
Elsewhere, Gary Lawrence Murphy said,
we need, and which will be the hardest to get, is not for the programmers to
open their schedule books for us, but to get them to dilligently follow the
GNOME commenting style --- if every function, or at least every public
function of every C source file were to have a 'proper' comment block,
kernel docs would be self-generating. That should be our goal. Anything else
and we are faced with the same instant obsolescence that thwarted the
previous kernel doc projects. There was no reply.
POWER Port And 64-bit PowerPC Port
28 Jun 2000 - 29 Jun 2000
Subject: "POWER Port"
Sarah Nordstrom, Tom Gall, Cort Dougan, H. Peter Anvin
Sarah Nordstrom reported,
Just wanted to let
anyone who was interested in the POWER port, that i've pretty much let it
drop, due to a lack of documentation available. Everyone had told me that,
but i wanted to see what i could do. The documentation is just plain not
available for any opensource project at this time, and it doesn't look like
IBM's planning on making it so, as it's a dead platform really.
Ohwell, i've got an HP PA-RISC 735/99 i'm going to get Linux on now, and
mabye make some contributions to that port ;o)
Tom Gall replied:
Are you on the linuxppc-workstation list at
lists.linuxppc.org? I posted pointers to the documentation that you need. I
posted this not more than a couple of weeks ago. I can resend it to you
directly when I'm back in my office if you like...
The long and the short of it, this stuff is publicly available assuming
you're still interested.
There was no reply to that, but elsewhere, H. Peter Anvin remarked that he
thought IBM was doing their own internal POWER-4 port. Cort Dougan
Power4 and Power3 are different
creatures from the original Power architecture (the one Sarah was referring
to). The Power are far more PowerPC-like and not a gothic nightmare of
twisted logic like the Power. Sarah confirmed,
i was refering to POWER-1, which is not similar enough to PPC,
like 3 and 4 are, to be easilly ported. Also, the machines with POWER1 are
MCA, which makes porting that much more difficult, and without the
documentation, pretty much out of the question.
Elsewhere, Tom said:
I should mention that the PowerPC Linux team is just
starting work on a 64 bit version of the PowerPC Linux kernel. We're hoping
this will fit into something like arch/ppc64 as soon as work begins on
2.5.x. This work isn't just an internal to IBM and we want definately to
work with the open source community on this.
Most of the discussion for the 64 bit PowerPC kernel has been on
firstname.lastname@example.org. I encourage you to subscribe to
this list if you are at all interested in this.
Large Files In 2.4 On 32-Bit Architectures
29 Jun 2000
Subject: "Files > 2G on ext2 in 2.4.0?"
Topics: FS: ext2
H. Peter Anvin, Victor Khimenko, Andreas Jaeger, Mike A. Harris
Mike A. Harris asked if 2.4 would support files greater than 2G on 32-bit
architectures with any filesystem. Andreas Jaeger replied that yes it did
support large files with ext2, but it would require a glibc recompile
(version 2.1.3) and probably a 'tar' recompile as well. But H. Peter Anvin
Not so. I'm using glibc 2.1.2, tar
1.13.11 and gzip 1.2.4 straight from the RedHat 6.1 distribution, and tar -z
handles files > 2 GB just fine. The only reason for this, of course, is that
tar was designed to be used with streaming media (and in this case it is
even operating on a compressed stream fed through a pipe), thus it never
Elsewhere, Victor Khimenko also explained the 'glibc' limitation. At one
point, Mike asked if the resulting 'glibc' binary would still work under
2.2.x, and H. Peter replied,
You need the new
kernel. You don't really need the glibc upgrade to support something as
simple as .tar.gz files -- you only need the glibc upgrade to support
Exposing Errors Before 2.4
30 Jun 2000
Subject: "-Werror in test3-pre2"
David Ford, Linus Torvalds, Garst R. Reese
Garst R. Reese asked why '-Werror' was included as a 'gcc' option in
2.4.0-test3-pre2. As far as he knew, no kernel had ever successfully
compiled with that option included. David Ford explained,
This way the source will get cleaned up before 2.4.0 is
released. Linus Torvalds also replied to Garst:
My kernel certainly compiles.
I checked that every single filesystem can be compiled with the flag.
But yes, the fact that _I_ am anal about not having warnings does not mean
that everybody else is. I added -Werror to see if people would fix some of
the things it shows, and I've already gotten some patches. More are
I'll probably end up dropping -Werror at some point before the real 2.4.0,
if for no other reason than the fact that there are lots of gcc versions out
there that complain about bogus things (the signed/unsigned comparison
warnings in some gcc versions are basically not possible to fix, which is
why no "real" gcc version does this warning by default to my knowledge).
And anybody who isn't interested in fixing them might as well remove the
-Werror from their makefile too.
But maybe it will cause some cleanup.
Sharon And Joy