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SubjectRe: 2.4.0-test11-ac2 and ac4 SMP will not run KDE 2.0
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Alan Cox wrote:
>
>> For what its worth, on my single processor home machine, all kernels
>> 2.4.0-test11-ac1,ac2,ac3, ac4 both UP and SMP run both Gnome and
>> KDE 2.0, with reiserfs-3.6.19. In other words, everything works with
>> everything.
>
>Nod. It actually puzzles me since from the kernel view I doubt kde and gnome
>even look different at the syscall level. They may look different to X but
>X isnt the thing that changed

Agreed. I suspect that this could be a rough spot with reiserfs-3.6.19.
I observed one similar freezup while doing
tar zxvf linux-2.4.0-test11.tar.gz
while running 2.4.0-test11-pre7, patched with reiserfs-3.6.19.

I and others have experienced some off-normal behaviour with
reiserfs, like crashing when saving a file on top of itself with StarOffice
5.2 when the file was on an NFS server. That particular bug
was fixed in reiserfs-3.6.14, IIRC. But even with the few rough edges,
reiserfs has become essential to our operations, with its ability to recover
so quickly after a UPS has caused problems. That's why I'm following the
2.4.0 development so closely with reiserfs.

I was never able to reproduce the tar freeze. The freeze which I
observed with test11-ac2,4 SMP and KDE 2.0 was very reproducable; I saw
it at least 6 times, always in exactly the same place of the startup of
KDE 2.0.

Tomorrow when I have access to the two-way P-III problem machine,
I'll repatch 2.4.0-test11-ac4 with reiserfs-3.6.18,
which is a little less bleeding edge than reiserfs-3.6.19.

Meanwhile, 2.4.0-test12-pre2 patched with reiserfs-3.6.19 is running
nicely with KDE 2.0 on the uniprocessor home machine.

Steven
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