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SubjectRe: Linux-2.4.15-pre9


On Thu, 22 Nov 2001, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> Quite frankly, right now I'm in "handle only bugs that can crash the
> system mode". Anything that takes 497 days to see is fairly low on my
> priority list. My highest priority, in fact, is to get 2.4.15 out without
> any embarrassment.

Umm...
a) /proc/interrupts has buffer overflows.
b) I have a patch that should fix them (conversion to seq_file,
done for all architectures)
c) while completely straightforward, it's large (every subarchitecture
of m68k and mips seems to have its own get_irq_list()) and may contain typos
in architectures I've no access to.
d) holes had been there for quite a while and it's either
"cat /proc/interrupts always causes memory corruption" or "everything OK"

I'm not quite sure where it is - if we were in -pre<small> I'd definitely
say that it's worth merging, so that trivial typos could be caught before
the release; the hole obviously deserves fixing. OTOH, merging that in -final
means that we are risking "2.4.15 doesn't compile on <architecture>"...

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