Shouldn't this be CC'ed to -doc as well? Maybe someone will write
an article on a little release note kinda thing for this issue. Just
an opinion from a -current user. :)
--- Doug Barton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Fri, 8 Mar 2002, Murray Stokely wrote:
> > As discussed at BSDCon, the release engineers are committed to
> > releasing a relatively stable snapshot of FreeBSD -CURRENT on or
> > around April 1, 2002.
> As much as I still think this is really bad timing for all the
> reasons I expressed at the summit, if we're going to do this one of the
> things we must absolutely do is create the list of "Things in -current
> that will bite unsuspecting RELENG_4 users in the ass," and their
> solutions, if any. Off the top of my head:
> 1. phk malloc debugging flags enabled by default. Solutions include
> recompiling apps, and toggling things off in /etc/malloc.conf.
> 2. pam modules break backwards compatibility with pam apps compiled on
> RELENG_4. The only solution I've been offered is to recompile things (or,
> my preferred solution, don't use pam).
> 3. xconsole causes periodic panics. The problem (according to BDE) is "a
> well-know bug in printf(9)," caused by "The TIOCCONS ioctl ... panics when
> printf() is called while sched_lock is held." I reported this bug in
> October 2001, if anyone wants to look through the archives.
> Related to 2. above, since the port of XFree86-4 is still at
> 4.1.0, I went to the xfree86.org web page and installed their packaged
> version of 4.2.0. Because of the pam breakage, xdm from that package
> doesn't work. Therefore, it would be nice to have the port upgraded so
> that the only solution available to users would actually be available.
> Other than that, -current works pretty well for me. I use it daily
> on my workstation at home, and have for years. My strategy is to keep good
> backups, especially of a known-safe kernel. I used to compile -current
> every few days, and I'd usually install it too. I stopped doing that after
> the smpng work started, but I still try to update at least once a month.
> The periods of instability are a price I'm willing to pay for a better
> system down the road, even if it's frustrating sometimes.
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