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Recommended update for Linux kernel source


(Last modified: 11JUL2003)

solutions Recommended update for Linux kernel source SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (2e69951ad88c3896af6609974736cc10)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IBM zSeries

Package: kernel-source
Release: 20030711
Obsoletes: none


This patch updates your kernel-source package and is only necessary if you compile your own kernel.




This update fixes varies problems and has the following enhancements:
  • Fixes for low memory emergency IDAL handling. (IBM Problem-ID 2098)
  • DASD devices will not be set 'online' on slow/fast systems. (IBM Problem-ID 1919)
  • DIAG250-disk on 64Bit system causes endless loop. (IBM Problem-ID 1341)
  • DASD driver: IFCC handling fixed. (IBM Problem-ID 2167)
  • CIO: Handling of not operational paths. (IBM Problem-ID 2406)
  • CIO: oopses from debug feature. (IBM Problem-ID 2409)
  • Kernel: s390dbf - invalid call of create_proc_entry() (IBM Problem-ID 2719)
  • Address space switching instruction in user space does not fault. (IBM Problem-ID 2893)
  • DASD driver: problems when echoing invalid DEVNO to /proc/dasd/devices. (IBM Problem-ID 2927)
  • /proc/cio_ignore parsing. (IBM Problem-ID 2934)
  • CTC: System hang on shutdown of remote OS/390 (IBM Problem-ID 2314)
  • Clearing of .bss section. (IBM Problem-ID 3135)
  • Fixed-point divide exception in boot process. (IBM Problem-ID 3137)
  • Chandev configuration (IBM Problem-ID 3139)
  • Many IUCV devices. (IBM Problem-ID 3140)
  • Module loader. (IBM Problem-ID 3141)
  • vmalloc() with user specified length. (IBM Problem-ID 3143)
  • Memory management: dirty bit clearing. (IBM Problem-ID 3144)
  • Starting a LCS network device with specific module parameters causes an address exception. (IBM Problem-ID 3158)
  • Deadlock in memory management code. (IBM Problem-ID 3231)
  • xpram parameter parsing. (IBM Problem-ID 3284)
  • Elevator Algorithm was deactivated for DASD. Depending on the loadprofile this can improve I/O-performance up to 10%. (IBM Problem-ID 3142)
  • Addtional debug info for DASD and QDIO. This affects only the analysis of a dump and does not impact performance.
  • Fixed RAID 1 problem which could lead to oopses.
  • Disabled CONFIG_WATCHDOG_NOWAYOUT in default config.
  • Corrected sysinfo call in s390 31-Bit emulation.
  • Inserted length check to avoid possible exploit in s390 31-Bit emulation.
  • Remove SMP-unsafe BUG in __remove_inode_page.
  • Add fix to handle BSG intruction correctly (set control reg5.)
  • Added fix for TIOCCONS.
  • Add patches.common/nethashfix.
  • Fix the following calls in the 32-Bit emulation Layer: readv, writev, msgget, msgrcv, msgsnd, semget, fcntl.
The "IBM Problem-ID" numbers refer to IBM Developer Works documentation for the "August 2001 stream".
IBM code drops
This update includes the following IBM code drops:
  • 2003-03-17 kernel 2.4.17 for the "August 2001 stream"
  • 2003-04-16 kernel 2.4.17 for the "August 2001 stream"
  • 2003-07-07 kernel 2.4.17 for the "August 2001 stream"

Installation notes

This update is provided as an RPM package that can easily be installed onto a running system by downloading the package from the location below and running
rpm -Fvh kernel-source.rpm

links to download packages

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Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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