Subject: Re: 1.6.1 lack of stability on cats
To: Ignatios Souvatzis <>
From: Richard Earnshaw <>
List: port-arm
Date: 02/11/2003 11:59:25
I've just done some trawling back through my mail archives and found the 
following interesting snippets, which taken together might be a good clue:


Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 17:47:55 +0100

I'm running an 1-week-old 1.6 branch snapshot, and I'm unable to build a
working teTeX out of pkgsrc.

>From: Richard Earnshaw <>
Date: Sun, 01 Dec 2002 16:58:57 +0000

A kernel I built a week ago from -current is exhibiting random segfaults 
in user-land, but I haven't tried a branch kernel.

>From: Richard Earnshaw <>
Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 09:24:05 +0000

I've not seen any panics, and a shark kernel I built from Sunday's sources 
seems to be much better (at least, it can bootstrap gcc-3.3 devel without 
dieing.   I need to thrash it a bit more before I'm happy though.


So it would appear from this that sometime just before 23 November a 
change was made and pulled up onto the branch that caused instability.  
This was fixed in -current sometime during that week but hasn't been 
pulled onto the branch.

All we need to find out now is what ;-)