[OpenAFS] Re: [OpenAFS-devel] How old of Linux do you use with OpenAFS?

Dave Botsch botsch@cnf.cornell.edu
Tue, 10 May 2016 13:59:16 -0400


We're still standardized on RHEL6 (up to date) with OpenAFS Linux. 


On Fri, May 06, 2016 at 01:14:20PM -0400, Benjamin Kaduk wrote:
> Hi all,
> OpenAFS has generally tried to provide a software that is compatible with
> a wide range of new and historical operating systems; it is only recently
> (March 2015) that we removed support for Linux 2.4.
> The current linux support is all bundled in as "Linux 2.6", since there
> has not been a major version boundary with drastic changes since then,
> rather, a continual evolution with some changes affecting us in most
> releases.  Major versions 3 and 4 were added just because "the numbers
> were getting too big", but are still a normal evolution of the code with
> ancestry from 2.6.
> Because there are not major version conditionals in place (and because
> many distributions backport some patches for their kernels but not
> others), we instead rely on feature tests at configure time.  Over time,
> we accumulate a lot of these tests and the corresponding code
> conditionals, which makes the code harder to read and maintain.
> I would like to get a sense for what versions of Linux are in use with
> OpenAFS today, to give some guidance as to whether it may be appropriate
> to increase the minimum supported version of Linux from 2.6.0.
> Thanks,
> Ben
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David William Botsch