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SubjectRe: Linux 4.9.256
On 05/02/2021 16.26, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> I'm announcing the release of the 4.9.256 kernel.
> This, and the 4.4.256 release are a little bit "different" than normal.
> This contains only 1 patch, just the version bump from .255 to .256 which ends
> up causing the userspace-visable LINUX_VERSION_CODE to behave a bit differently
> than normal due to the "overflow".
> With this release, KERNEL_VERSION(4, 9, 256) is the same as KERNEL_VERSION(4, 10, 0).

I think this is a bad idea. Many kernel features can only be discovered
by checking the kernel version. If a feature was introduced in 4.10,
then an application can be tricked into thinking a 4.9 kernel has it.

IMO, better to stop LINUX_VERSION_CODE at 255 and introduce a
LINUX_VERSION_CODE_IMPROVED that has more bits for patchlevel.

> Nothing in the kernel build itself breaks with this change, but given that this
> is a userspace visible change, and some crazy tools (like glibc and gcc) have
> logic that checks the kernel version for different reasons, I wanted to do this
> release as an "empty" release to ensure that everything still works properly.

Even if glibc and gcc work, other programs may not.

I have two such cases. They don't depend on 4.9, but they're examples of
features that are not discoverable by other means.

> So, this is a YOU MUST UPGRADE requirement of a release. If you rely on the
> 4.9.y kernel, please throw this release into your test builds and rebuild the
> world and let us know if anything breaks, or if all is well.
> Go forth and do full system rebuilds! Yocto and Gentoo are great for this, as
> will systems that use buildroot.
> I'll try to hold off on doing a "real" 4.9.y release for a 9eek to give
> everyone a chance to test this out and get back to me. The pending patches in
> the 4.9.y queue are pretty serious, so I am loath to wait longer than that,
> consider yourself warned...
> The updated 4.9.y git tree can be found at:
> git:// linux-4.9.y
> and can be browsed at the normal git web browser:
> thanks,
> greg k-h
> ------------
> Makefile | 2 +-
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> Greg Kroah-Hartman (1):
> Linux 4.9.256

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