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SubjectRe: Linux-2.1.98..
On Thu, Apr 23, 1998 at 11:30:18PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> I just released a fairly small patch to 97 to bring it up to 98.

Seems to break my BusLogic controller. Hangs right after the floppy where it
would normally start the SCSI messages. Hard hang.

> I've gotten a lot of patches in the mail for the last week, and I've been
> ignoring most of them for obvious reasons. They aren't in any in-queue,
> you can more-or-less consider them lost - but don't resend them all
> immediately, because if I get another huge batch of patches then I'll just
> have to ignore them again.
> We're going slow and easy, and the plan is to not only keep me sane in the
> midst of all the diapers, but I'll also at the same time take the
> opportunity to actually enforce the feature-freeze. You've known about it
> for a long time, _tough_.
> Anyway, 2.1.98 _should_ fix:
> - the IDE/SCSI lockups. The irq enable/disable code was broken, and could
> do some really bad things. This tended to lock up the machine if you
> accessed your IDE disks heavily, or in particular if you had a mixture
> of IDE and SCSI and used them at the same time. Tell me if you still
> have problems - I'm sure there are still bugs left, and I want to hear
> about them.
> - memory management especially on small-memory machines. I think I made a
> good change to the allocation logic, and I'm hoping it will fix the bad
> bahevaiour on those wimpy machines that all you losers out there are
> using that have less than half a Gig of RAM. It certainly still works
> fine on my machine, and I'm certainly still too lazy to test it out on
> anything smaller.
> There's a few other updates too: the asm constraints are fixed, so it
> should compile again with other compiler versions than the particular one
> I happen to be using. And some of the SCSI drivers have been updated a
> bit.
> There's been a lot of discussion and patches on capabilities, and I
> haven't applied them yet, I'll let them simmer a bit. Similarly, I've seen
> so many pathes to kmod that my head is spinning, and as I don't use
> modules myself I'd really like to get feedback from users about the
> different patches, so that maybe I'll get something that everybody can
> agree on as acceptable. Right now I don't know which patch I should even
> begin looking at.
> Linus
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