Quick 8.0 update: BETA3 builds in progress

Robert Watson rwatson at FreeBSD.org
Sat Aug 22 10:04:53 UTC 2009

For those tracking the 8.0 release process, BETA3 builds have now started. 
They were held up for a few days while a few critical issues were resolved:

- Changes to make newbus MPSAFE were reverted as they lead to reports of a
   number of WITNESS warnings and panics during device driver attach/detach.
- Another nit in the Subversion->CVS updater was resolved.
- The flowtable crash at boot reported by several users has been resolved.
- A boot-time hang for users of the htprr driver has been resolved.
- ZFS zpool import was fixed.
- freebsd-update now backs up the old kernel before installing a new one.

You can find a regularly updated release status, the above information, and 
much more, on the 8.0 release engineering wiki page:


I don't have a specific ETA on BETA3 going out the door, except to say that so 
far several architectures have reported back on successful builds, so probably 
quite soon.

Robert N M Watson
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

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