[arch-dev-public] Issues with kernel 3.6.4 on some AMD systems

Dave Reisner d at falconindy.com
Fri Nov 2 15:13:03 EDT 2012

On Fri, Nov 02, 2012 at 08:06:03PM +0100, Pierre Schmitz wrote:
> Hi all,
> turns out there was an issue with Linux 3.6.4 on some AMD systems with
> more than 4GB of RAM. 3.6.5 fixed this bug. Unfortunately this was a
> little too late for the recent ISO image.
> I was wondering what was the best way to handle issues like this. One
> of the benefits of monthly releases is that we have more than one image
> available which is recent enough to install your system. Instead of
> aiming for the perfect, bug free system I would prefer to update the
> download page with a "known issues" section and a link to the last two
> previous install images. I think it might be saner to solve the problem
> this way; for example 3.6.5 might fix this issue but as the changelog is
> quite long its possible new bugs were introduced at the same time.
> In this particular case a simple workaround exists by adding "mem=3G"
> to your boot parameters.
> PS: Maybe it's worth to post a dedicated news item about this issue; I
> assume while not a lot of people seem to be affected most probably got
> hit it via regular system updates.
> What do you think about this? In general and for this particular
> problem.
> Greetings,
> Pierre
> -- 
> Pierre Schmitz, https://pierre-schmitz.com

Given that:

- it doesn't affect everyone
- there's an easy enough workaround
- there's always last month's ISO
- there's always next month's ISO

I vote for a news post for the front page, and we just roll with it.


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