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    SubjectLinux 2.4.17-rc1

    Hi,

    I've just copied 2.4.17-rc1 to ftp.kernel.org... Its mirroring yet,
    probably.

    Well, I want people with the "unfreeable" buffer/cache problem to confirm
    with me that 2.4.17-rc1 is working ok.

    The same change which should fix that problem also should make 2.4 a bit
    less "swap happy".


    rc1:

    - Finish MODULE_LICENSE fixups for fs/nls (Mark Hymers)
    - Console race fix (Andrew Morton/Robert Love)
    - Configure.help update (Eric S. Raymond)
    - Correctly fix Direct IO bug (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
    - Turn off aacraid debugging (Alan Cox)
    - Added missing spinlocking in do_loopback() (Alexander Viro)
    - Added missing __devexit_p() in i82092
    pcmcia driver (Keith Owens)
    - ns83820 zerocopy bugfix (Benjamin LaHaise)
    - Fix VM problems where cache/buffers didn't get
    freed (me)

    pre8:

    - ext3 quota fix (Neil Brown)
    - Add __devexit_p() to ISDN driver (Kai Germaschewski)
    - Declare missing function on fdomain.h (Eyal Lebedinsky)
    - Add Sony Vaio PCG-Z600NE to broken APM
    reporting blacklist (Kai Germaschewski)
    - ns83820 driver update (Benjamin LaHaise)
    - pas16 driver cleanup (Alan Cox)
    - disable console flush on secondary CPUs on
    IA64 (Andrew Morton)
    - fix typo on parport's ChangeLog (Tim Waugh)
    - fix use count for multiple queued requests on
    closed fd (Douglas Gilbert)
    - Check return value of get_user() on
    set_vesa_blanking (Jeff Garzik)
    - Remove asm/segment.h include from nbd (Jeff Garzik)
    - Guard sysrq.h against multiple inclusion (Jeff Garzik)
    - Minor PCI skeleton changes (Jeff Garzik)
    - Add via rhine MMIO to Configure.help (Jeff Garzik)
    - Jeff Garzik is not the via82cxxx driver
    maintainer anymore: "No time, no hardware". (Jeff Garzik)
    - Remove old tulip documentation (Jeff Garzik)
    - Avoid direct IO's "misunderstanding" of which
    block device it should use (Masanori Goto)
    - Remove mcheck_init() call from processor
    dependant code and put it in unified codepath (Dave Jones)
    - Netfilter bugfixes (Harald Welte)


    pre7:

    - More USB updates (Greg KH)
    - Add missing checks on shmat() (Christoph Rohland)
    - ymfpci update (Pete Zaitcev)
    - Add aacraid driver (Alan Cox)
    - Actually apply some of the Alan's changes
    which were on pre6 changelog. (silly me)
    - Clean up t128 SCSI driver (Alan Cox)
    - Clean up dtc SCSI driver (Alan Cox)
    - Undo lcall patch from -pre6 (me)
    - More ISDN updates (Kai Germaschewski)

    pre6:

    - ISDN fixes (Kai Germaschewski)
    - Eicon driver updates (Kai Germaschewski)
    - ymfpci update (Pete Zaitcev)
    - Fix multithread coredump deadlock (Manfred Spraul)
    - Support /dev/kmem access to vmalloc space (Marc Boucher)
    - ext3 fixes/enhancements (Andrew Morton)
    - Add IT8172G driver to Config.in/Makefile (Giacomo Catenazzi)
    - Configure.help update (Eric S. Raymond)
    - Create __devexit_p() function and use that on
    drivers which need it to make it possible to
    use newer binutils (Keith Owens)
    - Make PCMCIA compile without PCI support (Paul Mackerras)
    - Use copy_user_highpage instead copy_highpage
    on COW path. (David S. Miller)
    - Cacheline align some more performance
    critical spinlocks (Anton Blanchard)
    - sonypi driver update (Michael C.B. Ashley/Bob Donnelly)
    - direct render for some SiS cards (Torsten Duwe/Alan Cox)
    - full handling of the NFSv3 'jukebox' feature (Trond Myklebust)
    - NFS performance improvements (Trond Myklebust)
    - More parport fixes (Tim Waugh)
    - Fix lots of core NCR5380 bugs (Alan Cox)
    - NCR5380/PAS driver update (Alan Cox)
    - Add aacraid to the SCSI list (Alan Cox)
    - fdomain driver fixes (Alan Cox)

    pre5:

    - 8139too fixes (Andreas Dilger)
    - sym53c8xx_2 update (Gerard Roudier)
    - loopback deadlock bugfix (Jan Kara)
    - Yet another devfs update (Richard Gooch)
    - Enable K7 SSE (John Clemens)
    - Make grab_cache_page return NULL instead
    ERR_PTR: callers expect NULL on failure (Christoph Hellwig)
    - Make ide-{disk-floppy} compile without
    PROCFS support (Robert Love)
    - Another ymfpci update (Pete Zaitcev)
    - indent NCR5380.{c,h}, g_NCR5380.{c,h}, plus
    NCR5380 fix (Alan Cox)
    - SPARC32/64 update (David S. Miller)
    - Fix atyfb warnings (David S. Miller)
    - Make bootmem init code correctly align
    bootmem data (David S. Miller)
    - Networking updates (David S. Miller)
    - Fix scanning luns > 7 on SCSI-3 devices (Michael Clark)
    - Add sparse lun hint for Chaparral G8324
    Fibre-SCSI controller (Michael Clark)
    - Really apply sg changes (me)
    - Parport updates (Tim Waugh)
    - ReiserFS updates (Vladimir V. Saveliev)
    - Make AGP code scan all kinds of devices:
    they are not always video ones (Alan Cox)
    - EXPORT_NO_SYMBOLS in floppy.c (Alan Cox)
    - Pentium IV Hyperthreading support (Alan Cox)

    pre4:

    - Added missing tcp_diag.c and tcp_diag.h (me)

    pre3:

    - Enable ppro errata workaround (Dave Jones)
    - Update tmpfs documentation (Christoph Rohland)
    - Fritz!PCIv2 ISDN card support (Kai Germaschewski)
    - Really apply ymfpci changes (Pete Zaitcev)
    - USB update (Greg KH)
    - Adds detection of more eepro100 cards (Troy A. Griffitts)
    - Make ftruncate64() compliant with SuS (Andrew Morton)
    - ATI64 fb driver update (Geert Uytterhoeven)
    - Coda fixes (Jan Harkes)
    - devfs update (Richard Gooch)
    - Fix ad1848 breakage in -pre2 (Alan Cox)
    - Network updates (David S. Miller)
    - Add cramfs locking (Christoph Hellwig)
    - Move locking of page_table_lock on expand_stack
    before accessing any vma field (Manfred Spraul)
    - Make time monotonous with gettimeofday (Andi Kleen)
    - Add MODULE_LICENSE(GPL) to ide-tape.c (Mikael Pettersson)
    - Minor cs46xx ioctl fix (Thomas Woller)

    pre2:

    - Remove userland header from bonding driver (David S. Miller)
    - Create a SLAB for page tables on i386 (Christoph Hellwig)
    - Unregister devices at shaper unload time (David S. Miller)
    - Remove several unused variables from various
    places in the kernel (David S. Miller)
    - Fix slab code to not blindly trust cc_data():
    it may be not valid on some platforms (David S. Miller)
    - Fix RTC driver bug (David S. Miller)
    - SPARC 32/64 update (David S. Miller)
    - W9966 V4L driver update (Jakob Jemi)
    - ad1848 driver fixes (Alan Cox/Daniel T. Cobra)
    - PCMCIA update (David Hinds)
    - Fix PCMCIA problem with multiple PCI busses (Paul Mackerras)
    - Correctly free per-process signal struct (Dave McCracken)
    - IA64 PAL/signal headers cleanup (Nathan Myers)
    - ymfpci driver cleanup (Pete Zaitcev)
    - Change NLS "licenses" to be "GPL/BSD" instead
    only BSD. (Robert Love)
    - Fix serial module use count (Russell King)
    - Update sg to 3.1.22 (Douglas Gilbert)
    - ieee1394 update (Ben Collins)
    - ReiserFS fixes (Nikita Danilov)
    - Update ACPI documentantion (Patrick Mochel)
    - Smarter atime update (Andrew Morton)
    - Correctly mark ext2 sb as dirty and sync it (Andrew Morton)
    - IrDA update (Jean Tourrilhes)
    - Count locked buffers at
    balance_dirty_state(): Helps interactivity under
    heavy IO workloads (Andrew Morton)
    - USB update (Greg KH)
    - ide-scsi locking fix (Christoph Hellwig)

    pre1:

    - Change USB maintainer (Greg Kroah-Hartman)
    - Speeling fix for rd.c (From Ralf Baechle's tree)
    - Updated URL for bigphysmem patch in v4l docs (Adrian Bunk)
    - Add buggy 440GX to broken pirq blacklist (Arjan Van de Ven)
    - Add new entry to Sound blaster ISAPNP list (Arjan Van de Ven)
    - Remove crap character from Configure.help (Niels Kristian Bech Jensen)
    - Backout erroneous change to lookup_exec_domain (Christoph Hellwig)
    - Update osst sound driver to 1.65 (Willem Riede)
    - Fix i810 sound driver problems (Andris Pavenis)
    - Add AF_LLC define in network headers (Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo)
    - block_size cleanup on some SCSI drivers (Erik Andersen)
    - Added missing MODULE_LICENSE("GPL") in some (Andreas Krennmair)
    modules
    - Add ->show_options() to super_ops and
    implement NFS method (Alexander Viro)
    - Updated i8k driver (Massimo Dal Zoto)
    - devfs update (Richard Gooch)


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