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Bug#549573: marked as done (release-notes: [SQUEEZE] udev drops support for kernels < 2.6.22 (or <2.6.27))



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regarding release-notes: [SQUEEZE] udev drops support for kernels < 2.6.22 (or <2.6.27)
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On Sun, 2009-10-04 at 01:26 +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote in [1]:
> Recent releases of udev depend on signalfd(2), so squeeze will require
> at least a 2.6.22 kernel.
> The mechanism used for the etch to lenny upgrade is still in place, so
> hopefully it will work again.
> 
> I suppose that the release notes will need to be updated.
> 
> The udev package in unstable does not reflect this yet, I will fix it in
> the next upload.



[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/10/msg00038.html




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I've documented this issue in en/upgrading.dbk as follows:

<section id="upgrading-udev">
<title>Upgrading the kernel and udev</title>
<para>
The <systemitem role="package">udev</systemitem> version in &releasename;
requires a kernel of version 2.6.26 or newer with the
<literal>CONFIG_SYSFS_DEPRECATED</literal> option disabled and the
<literal>CONFIG_INOTIFY_USER</literal> and
<literal>CONFIG_SIGNALFD</literal> options enabled.  Because the standard
Debian kernels in &oldreleasename; have
<literal>CONFIG_SYSFS_DEPRECATED</literal> enabled, and the <systemitem
role="package">udev</systemitem> version in &oldreleasename; will not
provide all the functionality expected by the latest kernels, special care
must be taken when upgrading to avoid putting your system in an unbootable
state.
</para>
<para>
Booting the 2.6.26 kernel from &oldreleasename; with the <systemitem
role="package">udev</systemitem> from &releasename; may result in a failure
to correctly assign names to network devices, and will also fail to apply
certain additional permissions to block devices (such as access by the
<literal>disk</literal> group).  It is therefore strongly recommended that
you upgrade the kernel on its own at this point, to ensure a compatible
kernel is available before upgrading <systemitem
role="package">udev</systemitem>.
</para>
<para>
To proceed with this kernel upgrade, run:
</para>
<screen>
# aptitude install linux-image-2.6-<replaceable>flavor</replaceable>
</screen>
<para>
See <xref linkend="kernel-metapackage"/> for help in determining which
flavor
of kernel package you should install.
</para>
<para>
Immediately after upgrading the kernel, it is recommended to also install
the new <systemitem role="package">udev</systemitem> to minimize the risk of
other incompatibilities caused by using the old udev with a new kernel.  You
can do this by running:
</para>
<screen>
# apt-get install udev
</screen>
</section>

There is still an open bug report on the udev package itself about improving
the upgrade handling for squeeze (bug #571255), but in the meantime, the
issue is now documented so that it shouldn't be a blocker for upgrade
testing.

Thanks,
-- 
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Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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