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Re: Minimum Linux kernel version for glibc 2.17
- From: "Carlos O'Donell" <carlos at systemhalted dot org>
- To: "Joseph S. Myers" <joseph at codesourcery dot com>
- Cc: libc-alpha at sourceware dot org, Aurelien Jarno <aurel32 at debian dot org>
- Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 09:21:40 -0400
- Subject: Re: Minimum Linux kernel version for glibc 2.17
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On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 6:25 AM, Joseph S. Myers <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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.)
This is fine with me, and in general I think it's a good idea.
I wouldn't want to go any higher than 2.6.16 though.