freebsd 7 release process
rwatson at FreeBSD.org
Fri Jan 25 06:27:49 PST 2008
On Fri, 25 Jan 2008, Aristedes Maniatis wrote:
> How can non-committers like myself keep up to date with the progress of
> freebsd releases? I read stable, current and cvs mailing lists. I've even
> looked at the qa mailing list but it looks completely abandoned (perhaps the
> links to it should be removed from the web site).
> I see this page:
> but it tells me that we are just waiting for Robert Watson to complete
> testing of the MAC framework changes. Nothing in commit logs or mailing
> lists correlates to that so I assume it is incorrect.
> Really, all I want to do is to get a handle on the known outstanding bugs,
> but the FreeBSD bug tracking system is very crappy (compared to almost all
> other open source projects I use or am involved in) and has no way to look
> at bugs by reported-in version or target release. So my question is: how do
> other people know what is happening? Does re have a mailing list somewhere I
> can read?
> I know many people are putting in vast amount of effort here, so this is not
> a criticism of the delays. Just without any regular bulletins, emails to the
> mailing lists, bug tracker or web site updates I can't tell what bugs are
> left, what are fixed and what I need to be aware of.
Thanks for the prod -- I've update the todo list to reflect the 7.0RC2 issues
I'm aware of (that is, the things currently blocking building and shipping
RC2). If I bump into any others, I'll add them. It takes a bit for the web
site to rebuild, so I've attached the current pending TODO items for 7.0RC2
A race in TCP will lead to very
occasional returning of
0.0.0.0:0 rather than the
TCP accept Gleb Smirnoff, correct IP address via the
race condition In progress Robert Watson socket address returned by
accept(). A patch is in HEAD and
RELENG_7, and will shortly be
merged to RELENG_7_0 for
inclusion in 7.0RC2.
Races in the sleepq
implementation will occasionally
result in sleeps with timeouts
failing to wake up. A patch is
sleepq race in HEAD and will shortly be
condition In progress John Baldwin merged to RELENG_7 and
RELENG_7_0 for inclusion in
7.0RC2. The sleepq code is being
reviewed for other possibly
related bugs and further fixes
may be forthcoming.
Multiple race conditions in the
tty/pty code have lead to
occasional panics. One set of
pty race In progress Konstantin problems has been fixed, but
condition Belousov others are still being explored
It is aniticipated that the
remaining problems will be fixed
There have been status e-mails from Ken ... but only to the private developers
mailing list. I've asked him if he could start also sending them to
current@/stable@, it was just an oversight that they weren't being sent there.
We're extremely close to a 7.0RC2, which with any luck will be the last RC,
btw. 7.0 is looking like one of the most stable ".0" releases we've ever
done, and has some very nice features...
Robert N M Watson
University of Cambridge
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