HEADS UP! KSE needs more attention

Scott Long scottl at freebsd.org
Sun Jun 6 20:27:42 GMT 2004

Daniel Eischen wrote:
> On Sun, 6 Jun 2004, Scott Long wrote:
>>We are about 4-6 weeks away from starting the 5.3 release cycle.  As it
>>stands, KSE still only works reliably on i386.  There are reports of
>>significant instability on amd64, and it doesn't work at all on alpha
>>and sparc64.  I'm willing to drop the alpha requirement and maybe even
>>the sparc64 requirement, but there absolutely will not be a 5.3 until
>>amd64 is solid.  Please contact myself, Dan Eischen, and David Xu if
>>you are interested in helping out.
> amd64 looks to be a problem in readline which doesn't seem
> to redispatch signal handlers with SA_SIGINFO arguments.
> David also has patches for debugging support at:
>   http://people.freebsd.org/~davidxu/kse/dbg/
> Doug Rabson also has basic TLS support working in perforce.

What platforms?  My understanding was that new binutils and gcc was
needed for sparc64 at a minimum.

> It'd be nice to get TLS and debugging in before 5.3-release.

Yes.  Be aware that there is a serious effort to get GDB 6.x into the
tree for 5.3.  That presents us with a bit of a dilemma since David's
work is against GDB 5.x.  It's hard to back off on the GDB 6 requirement
since it is needed for amd64 and sparc64.  We need to get David, Marcel,
David O'brien, and Alexander Kabaev together to work out the combined


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