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SubjectRe: Oops: ptrace fix buggy
On Mon, 14 April 2003 16:31:08 +0200, Martin Schlemmer wrote:
> On Mon, 2003-04-14 at 15:46, Jörn Engel wrote:
> > Privately, I have introduced a variable FIXLEVEL for this. The
> > resulting kernel version is instead of 2.4.20-uv2, which imo
> > is more suiting for a fixed stable kernel.
> This is not a good idea ... especially if its a box that you
> compile a lot of software on. Reason is that everything expects
> it to be MAJ.MIN.MIC ... If you add now another version, then
> things start to break. A good example is mozilla ...

That doesn't convince me (yet?). Why doesn't 2.4.20-pre5-ac3 break
mozilla, but does? If mozilla depends on this information, it
should at least have a robust parser for it.

Can you give me a little more details on this? Did anyone ever declare
that userspace can expect kernel versions to fit this regex?


More computing sins are committed in the name of efficiency (without
necessarily achieving it) than for any other single reason - including
blind stupidity.
-- W. A. Wulf
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