[arch-dev-public] Minimal kernel version

Jan de Groot jan at jgc.homeip.net
Mon May 9 02:46:21 EDT 2011

On Sat, 2011-05-07 at 07:53 +0200, Tobias Powalowski wrote:
> If someone has the need to run older kernels, those should be smooth
> enough to 
> keep an older udev version.
> I agree with Thomas, we are bleeding egde and if users need stuff that
> is older 
> than half a yea, you should be able to manage this yourself. 

The problem with raising the kernel version is that glibc won't operate
on older kernels at all. In some situations you don't even need udev, or
you can get away with not updating udev. Not updating glibc is not an
option for anyone.
At this moment I have a chroot setup which runs on a debian system with
2.6.26 still (yes, I should update the kernel of that box to 2.6.32).
For that, I already need the "openvz" repository with glibc packages
created by Ionut.

Note that as soon as you update glibc on an outdated system that does
not run 2.6.32 yet, all dynamic linked binaries on your system will fail
to run, meaning that all post_* scripts will fail and a clean reboot of
the system is not even possible anymore. We should be aware of that
before just raising the kernel version in glibc to just another version.

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