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Minimum Linux kernel version for glibc 2.17
- From: "Joseph S. Myers" <joseph at codesourcery dot com>
- To: libc-alpha at sourceware dot org
- Cc: Aurelien Jarno <aurel32 at debian dot org>
- Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 10:25:50 +0000 (UTC)
- Subject: Minimum Linux kernel version for glibc 2.17
I'm like to propose that the minimum Linux kernel version for glibc 2.17
(the version to be released in December) is 2.6.16 (that is 2.6.16
release, not 2.6.16-rcN).
2.6.16 was the first long-term-stable series of 2.6 kernels, and according
to Wikipedia ceased to be maintained in July 2009; I don't think anything
older than it is relevant for glibc 2.17. As well as allowing various
__ASSUME_* conditionals to be cleaned up that could not be cleaned up if
only 2.6.0 or 2.6.1 were required, requiring at least 2.6.16 would allow
removing all the specific kernel version references in the README file.
Any comments? (Suggestions that we require a kernel more recent than
2.6.16 are also welcome, but increasing the requirement beyond 2.6.16
would require more care about the accuracy of the existing conditions in
kernel-features.h; see bug 9894 regarding some versions there being
inaccurate; Aurelien was at one point doing a general check of at least
the more recent entries in kernel-features.h.)
Joseph S. Myers