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Re: woody->sarge upgrades on mips: glibc vs. kernel

On Sat, Sep 04, 2004 at 01:16:10PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 04, 2004 at 11:54:38AM +0200, Guido Guenther wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 03, 2004 at 10:42:12PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > > It's come to my attention that on mips(el), the glibc in sarge is
> > > incompatible with the kernel in woody, and the kernel in sarge is
> > > incompatible with the glibc in woody.  This is an impasse that has to be
> > > resolved for sarge's release, so that upgrades from woody to sarge can
> > > be supported.
> > 
> > What exactly is the issue with kernels in sarge running on woody?
> As I understand it, it's emulation of missing instructions on certain
> hardware (at least, that's the case on i386).
I was only refering to the special mips case. Sorry if this was

> > I'm running 2.4.22 without any problems since several months on mips
> > now. We could then simply add to the release notes that on woody
> > upgrades the kernel has to be updated first, then glibc.
> Modern kernel packages have dependencies that require a glibc newer than
> that in woody. To break this deadlock, we need upgrade kernel packages
But they shouldn't. I for myself introduced and then later removed this
dependency from 2.4.22 to allow for exactly this upgrade path. Thiemo
took over the package later and I can't find a note in the changelog
that reintroduced this conflict.

> so that there's something to which we can point users in the release
> notes.
There shouldn't be a deadlock in the mips case (unless something really
broke running kernels > 2.4.22 on mips/woody at a later point).
 -- Guido

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