New Years Eve 2004 Status Report
jwrober at linuxfromscratch.org
Mon Jan 3 07:32:15 PST 2005
Jeremy Utley wrote:
> Greetings all!
> As 2004 winds down to a close, its time for another status report on
> LFS-Unstable. The following items constitute the differences between
> LFS-Testing and LFS-Unstable.
> Automake 1.9.4
> Bison 2.0
> GCC 3.4.3
> Glibc 20041220
> LFS-Bootscripts 3.1.0
> Linux 2.6.10
> Man-Pages 2.0.1
> Perl 5.8.6
> Sysvinit 2.86
> Tar 1.15.1
> TCL 8.4.9
> Udev 050
> Util-Linux 2.12p
> In my opionion, most of the above are ready to migrate into testing. The
> only things I'd like to keep in Unstable for now are Bison-2.0 and
> LFS-Bootscripts 3.1.0 - both of these are very recent releases with
> minimal testing. I'd also like to hold off on upgrading Glibc for now,
> as the 2.3.4 Glibc tarball should be forthcoming quite soon.
I like this idea Jeremy. How long till Glibc 2.3.4? Can we wait for
that for LFS 6.1? I printed a copy of LFS Testing and have some textual
edits I want to see added in. Noting major. I have to get my unstable
box finished off first.
> There's also 3 patches that have been added to LFS-Unstable - patches
> from upstream for Linux 2.6.10 and vim 6.3 to fix security
> vulnerabilities, and the Util-linux patch for cramfs compilation
> developed by Alexander. These are also things I'd recommend adding into
> testing. Also, a minor change to the Shadow installation instructions
> to suppress the installation of the groups binary and man page, courtesy
> of Archaic, as well as use of the --libdir directive to install
> libraries to /lib instead of /usr/lib in the zlib, readline, and shadow
> builds, courtesy of Jim Gifford.
> If anyone has any serious technical issues with upgrading these packages
> in Unstable, please, let us know. So far, testing looks quite solid
> with them, but you never know.
> Now, for things that are up and coming:
> 1) Ryan Oliver's new cross-build techniques are showing definate
> promise. Initial development of this will take place in a branch,
> because the changes are very invasive. Once the changes are complete,
> they will most likely be merged back into Unstable.
Cool, look forward to seeing that.
> 2) Jim and Manuel have been working on a prototype of a multi-arch XML
> structure. Initial testing of this was done with 3 different arch's -
> x86, ppc, and mips, and looks promising. This is also taking place in a
> branch currently.
> 3) GCC developers should be making a branch tree for GCC-4.0 within the
> next few weeks. At some point, we'll probably do some playing with
> pre-releases of GCC 4 in Unstable to prepare ourselves for the changes
> that it will bring.
> Thanks to everyone who has helped with testing of LFS-Unstable, and
> especially to Matthew and Alexander for their help in creating the
> patches now in use.
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