FreeBSD 5.3-RC1 available

Scott Long scottl at
Wed Oct 20 02:15:57 PDT 2004

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is proud to announce the
availability of FreeBSD 5.3-RC1.  It is intended for early adopters and
those wishing to help find and/or fix bugs.  This will likely be the
only Release Candidate before the final release of 5.3.  The schedule
can be found at  Be
sure to check the "Known Issues" below as there are known problems that
are still being worked on at this time.

BIND 9.3.0 has replaced BIND 8.x as the default name server.

Several libraries have had their version numbers bumped in order to
maintain FreeBSD 4.x compatibility.  Any programs that rely on these
libraries should be rebuilt.  The /etc/libmap.conf facility can be
used to help this migration.  In particular, should be
mapped to while the migration is in progress.  The libraries
that changed are: -> -> -> -> ->

Other fixes and enhancements since BETA7:

  - Added support for nForce2, nForce3, and ICH3 sound chips
  - Fixed LOR in the socket code
  - VM_KMEM_SIZE_MAX and VM_KMEM_SIZE_SCALE are now tunables
  - Fixed security hole in syscons related to invalid coordinates
  - Interface renaming events are now logged
  - PFIL_HOOKS are no longer an option and exist by default
  - Fixed problem with threads sometimes ignoring signals
  - Many fixes to gvinum
  - Fix timecounting on sparc64 SMP
  - Many fixes to the 4BSD scheduler and infrastructure
  - Fix pflogd to handle the pflog module being unloaded
  - Fix rare locking bug in sendfile
  - Fix locking in the nge driver
  - Increase NKPT so that amd64 and i386+PAE can boot with more than
    8GB of RAM
  - Many fixes to thread support
  - Fix breakpoint handing on i386 and amd64 for kernel GDB
  - Many fixes for the THR thread library
  - Fix IP multicast locking when the stack is running under Giant
  - Fix locking in the sis, bfe, and ndis drivers
  - Fix possible crash in linux ptrace
  - Remove the FreeBSD keyword from all rc.d scripts
  - Disable MTU feedback on IPv6 packets to fix NFS over IPv6 problems
  - Many ATA driver fixes
  - Many VM fixes for i386 and amd64
  - Fix 2.88MB floppy support
  - Fix locking in bpf, pfil, and IPv6 routing
  - Fix the isp driver to work with i386+PAE
  - Fix locking that sometimes resulted in deadlock in the TCP code
  - Fix jumbo frame handling for the re driver
  - Fix the msdos filesystem code to not panic on corrupt filesystems.
  - Fix compiling the NDIS module into the kernel
  - Fix permission handling on multicast sockets for non-root users
  - Fix locking for i4b driver
  - Fix byteorder problem in the dc driver on big-endian machines
  - Many gstipe/gmirror/graid fixes
  - Correctly set BIOS packet mode in the i386 bootblocks
  - Update the em driver to support the PRO/1000 GT card, plus many bug
    fixes including the common 'wedge on heavy transmit' problem.
  - Fix locking in the dc driver, add ALTQ support
  - Fix stability problems with UMA
  - Fix a potential panic in ethernet entropy harvesting

Known issues in this release:
  - Panic in sodealloc() under heavy load.  A fix is being tested now.
  - Poor performance of the de and re drivers.  Fixes are being tested


    For people wishing to upgrade older systems using cvsup(1) and the
    procedure described in src/UPDATING the CVS tag to use is RELENG_5
    at this point.  Note that like all RELENG_X branches this is an
    active development branch.  We do not recommend those branches for
    normal use (for normal use RELENG_X_Y branches are more appropriate,
    e.g. RELENG_4_10 is the current stable branch).

    As of this writing the following are available on
    along with some of the mirror sites:

        alpha: will be available shortly
        amd64: all images available
        i386: all images available
        ia64: all images available
        pc98: miniinst available
        sparc64: all images available

MD5s for the builds that are complete at this time are:

    MD5 (5.3-RC1-amd64-bootonly.iso) = a3955df1c4b168b30a1a17c04c3fc5d8
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-amd64-disc2.iso) = 2777e3a6451d14c29ee936cfd9bd4b43
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-amd64-miniinst.iso) = 3fc1dbf1319f94b24aa3aabcd980a097
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-amd64-disc1.iso) = 393ee3ef7a3dde13a2dd88ffef792e42

    MD5 (5.3-RC1-i386-bootonly.iso) = 3e493c494e14b97816229f595e5c271d
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-i386-disc2.iso) = a6cca3b873382739f449b721b1e9506d
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-i386-miniinst.iso) = b1035ec5102624f499dc81dc964a73b1
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-i386-disc1.iso) = 27746b48459f76414f1730ede5fafa28

    MD5 (5.3-RC1-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 8ef8b734d3953b15585002d01e875ff7
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-ia64-disc1.iso) = dcaa386cfbe160518fd6ba7a5921303a
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-ia64-disc2.iso) = 444103efe5fcc435e734b626d6865219
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-ia64-miniinst.iso) = 69e9203505c01d53cf5ecb9ba77c351f

    MD5 (5.3-RC1-pc98-disc2.iso) = 3e5deebd2a373c03474f1781e0ab8837
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-pc98-miniinst.iso) = 343d1ae111672eecb9545ffdc8a17795

    MD5 (5.3-RC1-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 3c7b5dbfccf95f48e1aa32b07c8c498c
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-sparc64-disc1.iso) = a1ec5b9157bd6dba88de3cadd1f93f98
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-sparc64-disc2.iso) = e0d51a59d9d1736c8e77ec98795a1009
    MD5 (5.3-RC1-sparc64-miniinst.iso) = b797cbd788c4d29723c6f08c608d81e5
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