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SubjectRe: Oops on 2.2.14 While Doing Direct I/O.

Horst,

I dropped by Caldera yesterday, and I had gotten a drop of their early
2.3 with the WRONG modversions.h file used to build the kernel and
modules -- even some of their internal drivers would not even load with
it until I had rebuilt them from the SRPMS source files. The later
build of the Caldera 2.3 eServer was fine, and everything seems to work
great (except they forgot to put the gcc RPMS on the install CD
(??????). kmalloc() not being exported was a dead giveaway something
was seriously busted.
Jeff

Horst von Brand wrote:
>
> "Jeff V. Merkey" <jmerkey@timpanogas.com> said:
> > I've noticed that 2.3.X does NOT export the internal calls needed to
> > load NWFS as a driver -- I must now compile it within the kernel.
>
> The extensive list of missing symbols looks suspiciously like trying to mix
> non-versioned modules with a versioned kernel. Or just trying to use lots
> of inline functions without their defining headers.
>
> Better get the stock kernel from the official FTP sites and work with
> that. There isn't any guarantee on Caldera's (or anybody elses) private
> patches, least of all on development kernels.
>
> [...]
>
> > If 2.3 is no longer exporting the attached APIs, then you guys may have
> > just added another company to the penguin hatchery (TRG) because we will
> > need to provide our own Linux version (with lots of patches) for each
> > kernel build to support NWFS and M2FS (our clustered file system for
> > Linux) for 2.3 and above.
>
> What for? If you can show the need for this, they will be exported. If you
> are able to show a deficiency in the API, it will get changed over long.
> Has happened before. If none of the above, you are probably mistaken as to
> the way of doing things, and will be enlightened.
>
> Why the combative attitude? You should know by now that the party most
> likely to loose, and loose big, in such a take-on-all-the-world quarrel is
> you.
> --
> Horst von Brand vonbrand@sleipnir.valparaiso.cl
> Casilla 9G, Viña del Mar, Chile +56 32 672616
>
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