Linux & Maple

Alexander Leidinger Alexander at
Tue Oct 10 01:35:40 PDT 2006

Quoting Boris Samorodov <bsam at> (from Mon, 09 Oct 2006 23:20:10 +0400):

> On Mon, 9 Oct 2006 20:53:45 +0200 Tijl Coosemans wrote:
>> (libc6, OS ABI: Linux 2.4.20) => /lib/
> That may be a very good catch!
> Alexander?

As Roman said, the warning in UPDATING only affects 2.4 <-> 2.6. So if  
you change 2.4.2 to 2.4.20, it will not result in the use of  
interfaces of a 2.6 kernel (which aren't available in -stable) by the  
linux glibc.

Now, the interesting question is: what kernel API changed between  
2.4.2 and 2.4.20, and do we support it?

>> Changing the compat.linux.osrelease sysctl value from 2.4.2 to 2.4.20
>> solves the problem (matlab works in console mode, there's still a
>> problem with java however so no graphical mode). The advice in
>> /usr/ports/UPDATING mentioned that this sysctl value shouldn't be
>> changed though, so perhaps this is simply a typo in the default value?
> Yep, and that may influence the results of LTP tests...

The default value is not changed in -stable since ages.  And if it  
influences the results, it's a bug in the LTP tests. The tests know  
about the kernel version (at least the testsuite prints the version at  


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