Progress in the lin­ux­u­la­tor

On of the major show­stop­per bugs in the lin­ux 2.6 emu­la­tion is that acrore­ad does not work. Now we have patch­es (proof of con­cept by Intron, refined patch by Kib) for it. I did­n’t had time to test it yet (mind you, every­one else is not able to run acrore­ad with 2.6, I’m able to run it at least with some files or no file at all), but I want to do an exten­sive test (I know sev­er­al ways of killing it with 2.6).

If every­thing goes well and no oth­er show­stop­per bug appears, we may be able to request more exten­sive test­ing of the 2.6 emu­la­tion, at least on i386. First this should be done by ask­ing peo­ple to switch, and maybe after a week by switch­ing the default emu­la­tion to 2.6 in -cur­rent (at least for a while).

This is spe­cial­ly impor­tant as the Fedo­ra Lega­cy project announced that they will aban­don sup­port for FC4. FC5+ is not able to run on a 2.4 ker­nel.

And while I’m at it: I sub­mit­ted the sta­tus report for the lin­ux­u­la­tor. It con­tains some nice sta­tis­tic about the num­ber of fixed bugs (com­par­ing 6.2 and ‑cur­rent). No, I will not tell you in advance, you have to wait some days until the report shows up. 😛

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Lin­ux­o­la­tor bug hunt­ing

Sev­er­al peo­ple help debugging/testing the new lin­ux­o­la­tor. We already got patch­es from kib@ and from the con­trib­u­tor which uses “Intron” as his alias in com­mu­ni­ca­tion. On the amd64 test­ing side bsam@ helps a lot. So far we fixed a pan­ic with linux_vfork (I got hit by it while run­ning the glibc regres­sion tests) and synced the MI parts of the amd64 stuff. We’re also in the process to get some more of the uncom­mit­ted stuff of the SoC into the tree. This stuff are changes which are done based upon reviews by jhb@ and ssouhlal@. Unfor­tu­nate­ly jhb@ seems to be busy ATM, so we have to wait a lit­tle bit for his review of the changes.

We still have the futex prob­lem, but there are patch­es float­ing around which at least fix some prob­lems with realplay.

Roman is going on hol­i­day at the end of the com­ming week, I hope we are able to fix some prob­lems until then.

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