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Re: glibc, X11 and the rest

Christian Meder <meder@isr.uni-stuttgart.de> writes:

> Hi,
> finally I caught up with normal life again; maybe slightly more noisy
> than before ;-)
> Ben is putting a lot of work in the glibc update and I'm glad that he
> took over the package compilation. Thanks.
> I read the glibc thread with interest and I've got just some random
> remarks:
> It's ok that the old sparc patches were dropped because they were
> just compatibility hacks for the 2.0.x kernels. Potato will be pure
> 2.2.x on Sparc. But I'm slightly worried about the upgrade path. If we
> really depend on a kernel > 2.2.7 we'll need a glibc preinst script on
> Sparc which bails out on older kernels (uname). Ben, do you know
> what's the init problem ? Maybe we can fix it instead ?

I believe that the issue is that vfork is broken on some sparc32
machines (at the very least sun4m) in the earlier 2.2.x kernels.  I
suspect that a possible workaround would be to point vfork() at the
fork system call, _and_ tweak any other functions that use NR_vfork
internally (I think pipe() does).

> Steve is integrating the Creator patches in our new XFree source
> package which is great. The co-sysadmin at my university department
> here in Stuttgart compiled a patched Xsun24 for our own testing. It's
> definitly faaaaast. In case somebody is interested in testing it on
> their Ultras I put the gzipped server at
> ftp://pc5.isr.uni-stuttgart.de/debian/Xsun24.gz
> This is only for the impatient otherwise wait for the _true_ packages
> by Steve ;-)

I've already got real packages that need testing at:

deb http://www.cse.msu.edu/debian slink x3331

They add LEO and accelerated creator support.  And I've included
Debian versions of the splashscreen images.


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