64-bit time_t on sparc64 -- what's left to do?

Richard Coleman richardcoleman at mindspring.com
Fri Jan 23 19:41:58 PST 2004

Garance A Drosihn wrote:
> So, what more needs to be done before we flip the switch to
> a 64-bit time_t on sparc64?
> My thoughts would be to:
>    1) commit the UPDATING.64BTT and installworld_nk files
>       to /usr/src (so it is easier for people to try it).
>    2) do something with the cvsup64btt-without-gui-16.1h.tbz
>       so it's where it needs to be for people to get to it.
>       (I'm still not quite sure what is appropriate for that)
>    2a)  [wait at least a few days for more feedback]
>    3) commit the real change to
>             /usr/src/sys/sparc64/include/_types.h
>       and a short blurb in /usr/src/UPDATING which tells
>       sparc64 users that they must read UPDATING.64BTT
>    4) cross our collective fingers...
> Right now I'm assuming that "I'm done", unless someone tells me
> there's some additional steps I should be working on, or tells
> me of a problem with the installworld_nk script.  I don't know
> how many people have tried that script yet, but I do know a few
> have and it has worked for them.
> I do have ideas on how we could make this transition even safer,
> but I'm certain it will take me at least two more weekends to
> debug those ideas.  Key phrase:  "at least two"...
> (this is bcc'ed to -current, but I expect any discussion to
> happen on the -sparc64 mailing list)

It sounds to me like we are ready to go.  I don't think further waiting 
will do much good.

Good work, by the way.

Richard Coleman
richardcoleman at mindspring.com

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