FreeBSD 5.0-DP2 Errata

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This document lists known issues for FreeBSD 5.0-DP2. This information includes information relating to the software or documentation that could affect its operation or usability. Also included is a list of areas of the base system that could benefit from some extra testing.

Please note that FreeBSD 5.0-DP2 is not an officially supported release of FreeBSD. Unlike supported releases, this errata file will not be updated. Testers of FreeBSD 5.0-DP2 should subscribe to the FreeBSD-CURRENT mailing list to stay informed about late-breaking issues and developments.

1 Introduction

This errata document lists known problems relating to FreeBSD 5.0-DP2. Before installing this version, it is important to consult this document to learn about any post-release discoveries or problems that may already have been found and fixed.

2 Known Problems

This section describes some known issues and problems with FreeBSD 5.0-DP2. The Release Engineering Team intends to address these problems in some manner before FreeBSD 5.0-RELEASE. All users of FreeBSD 5.0-DP2 should be subscribed to the FreeBSD-CURRENT mailing list to remain informed about developments regarding these and other issues.

Packages in FreeBSD 5.0-RELEASE will be compressed using bzip2(1). In some cases, pkg_add(1) has some difficulties working with packages compressed using gzip(1) (typical cases are from within sysinstall(8), and when using the -r flag). This does not affect the default package sets provided with snapshots.

The NWFS feature is broken.

Various documents may not reflect differences between the line of FreeBSD 4-STABLE releases and FreeBSD 5.0-DP2. In addition, the architecture-specific files in the release documentation are likely incomplete for new architectures (sparc64 and ia64).

Installations from boot floppies are no longer supported on the alpha platform. The combination of the boot loader and a (highly stripped-down) kernel is too large to fit on a 1.44 MB floppy disk. Some work in this area is ongoing; this feature may return before FreeBSD 5.0-RELEASE.

The __sF symbol in libc has been made static, as part of work to make FILE expandable. Applications built on FreeBSD 4-STABLE-based systems on on FreeBSD -CURRENT systems before 13 August 2001 may need to be recompiled. Due to previously unforseen compatability problems, this change may be reverted prior to 5.0-RELEASE and postponed for another release or two.

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