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From: Daniel Robbins <drobbins@g.o>
To: gentoo-user@×××××××××××.net, gentoo-dev@×××××××××××.net, gentoo-announce@×××××××××××.net
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Gentoo Linux Updates
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 23:03:24
1 Hi All,
3 Here's a list of recent, important Gentoo Linux package updates:
5 sys-apps/portage-1.8.0
7 Portage 1.8.0 now allows shared libraries to be updated safely. This allows
8 one to easily upgrade glibc, even when in X and running lots of applications.
9 Nothing will die or segfault, and based on independent tests this
10 functionality appears to be working.
12 sys-libs/glibc-2.2.4-r8
14 This version of glibc depends on the new version of Portage and takes
15 advantage of its safe installation features. It also contains an important
16 security patch for the glob-related functions in glibc which allow for a
17 remotely-exploitable hole, especially if you're running an FTP server. If
18 you'd like to use this new glibc, you should be able to simply merge it.
19 Glibc takes a long time to build, but after it's merged, you'll be protected
20 against this exploit. Merging the new glibc will cause
21 sys-apps/portage-1.8.0 to be automatically merged if it hasn't been already.
23 sys-apps/baselayout-1.6.8
25 The new baselayout package no longer uses a bash-based init-wrapper. Due
26 to the tight integration with the init system, the sys-apps/sysvinit package
27 is now depreciated and has been integrated into baselayout. You can use
28 the new baselayout by merging it and then finding all "._cfg*" files in
29 /etc, and updating the appropriate ones. Type "emerge --help config" for
30 more information. If you have a seperate /usr partition, you should also
31 merge the newest sys-apps/sh-utils, which now has "sleep" moved from /usr/bin
32 to /bin.
34 NOTE: After installing baselayout, you may find that at reboot/shutdown time,
35 your root filesystem cannot be properly mounted. If this happens, you'll
36 be given the option to log in as root to investigate. If this happens to you,
37 simply log in by typing in the root password, then type "sync; sync" to be
38 sure that all your data is on the disk, and then type "reboot". Then, the
39 new initscripts will kick in and you shouldn't have this problem again.
41 sys-devel/binutils-
43 This new version of binutils appears to be quite compatible and is now the
44 default binutils for Gentoo Linux, upgraded from This new
45 version fixes kernel compilation problems for kernels compiled for the
46 "Athlon/Duron/K7" CPU type. It may also fix stability issues with kernels
47 compiled for the "Pentium III" processor type. This particular upgrade has
48 fixed several "Athlon/Duron/K7"-related problems experienced in the field.
50 sys-kernel/linux-sources-2.4.16-r1
52 This is our latest and greatest kernel source package. It now depends on the
53 new binutils for proper compilation (the new binutils will get merged
54 automatically if you merge this ebuild). This kernel includes support for
55 ReiserFS, ext3 and XFS filesystems (and of course many more), LVM, ACPI, and
56 the low-latency and preemptible kernel patches (which can both be run
57 simultaneously). Note that if you enable the low latency patch's "sysctl
58 control" option, low latency will default to *off*. If you want to use LVM
59 with this kernel, remember to merge sys-apps/lvm-user. If you want to use
60 XFS with this kernel, remember to merge sys-apps/xfsprogs.
62 Enjoy!
64 --
65 Daniel Robbins <drobbins@g.o>
66 Chief Architect/President
67 Gentoo Technologies, Inc.