Contributed by jason on from the if-you-love-something-test-it dept.
With the 4.3 release impending, Theo de Raadt has asked for testing of recent snapshots and packages on all supported hardware platforms, using the various install methods for each. This is an important step in ensuring the installation media and upgrade process works as expected. Read Theo's message below, download snapshots and packages from your closest mirror, and send in your dmesglogs now!
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2008 19:38:34 -0700 From: Theo de Raadt
Subject: Pre-release tests To: email@example.com Right about now is a great time for our user community to jump in and do some install and upgrade tests. The 4.3 release cycle is fully in swing, and I hope that I can get it over with soon so that the developers can start work on the bug fixes and new work that can't make it into 4.3. Here's a list of the things that need testing. I hope that to most people this list is rather self explanatory; if in doubt just think for a particular test might mean, grab a snapshot for some architecture, and take a shot at testing the ones that you can! Our developers work from a list similar to this, but this time I am asking that our user community jump in and help as much as they can, too. I'm hoping to expose the testing mentality a bit.. so that more people help. I must note something of importance in this list. Some things are easy to test, because well... everyone has a PC. Well, the problem is that the bugs we look for in the last bit of a release cycle are more likely to be in vax net booting, or sun4c having a problem, or a particular alpha bug... I mention this hoping that some of you see that there must be a balance of some sort. We want all of our architectures to shine. When everything is great on the little old architectures, then the common ones will be great too. As always, if you find a problem, please file a high quality Problem Report (if you have the strength, check the PR database first to see if similar PRs are not yet closed). You can use the command sendbug(1) to send a PR... If you are able to, please submit a dmesglog of the running machine to firstname.lastname@example.org -- with the Subject: set to the type of your machine (ie. SunFire V215, or IBM eServer 325 or such) -- and PLEASE avoid the use of MIME, but instead send your messages without any special encoding since it lets our developers grep easily through the logs looking for specific machines when they are fixing bugs. Recently, I have had to start deleting the MIME submissions with the SPAM. Of course, little that you report will be fixed in the release, but if we run into any show stoppers.. it is a best that we know now. Please also note something else of importance. Since we are close to a release, the snapshots are in a constant state of flux -- as we make changes new ones are being put onto the FTP mirrors very quickly. Please make sure that the files you download have correct MD5 checksums, and please include the timestamps of the files in your bug reports. Thanks. i386 cd43 cdemu43 install43 bsd.rd floppyA floppyB floppyC pxeboot install upgrade bsd.mp on MP real CD X11R6 All the packages amd64 cd43 install43 floppy pxeboot bsd.rd install upgrade bsd.mp X11R6 All the packages macppc cd43 install43 bsd.rd hfs bsd.rd ffs install upgrade X11R6 All the packages sparc64 cd43 install43 netboot miniroot bsd.rd bsd.mp floppy install upgrade X11R6 All the packages alpha cd43 install43 netboot bsd.rd floppy floppyB install upgrade X11R6 All the packages zaurus ipkg bsd.rd ffs bsd.rd ext2fs install upgrade X11R6 All the packages sparc floppy tape cd43 install43 netboot miniroot bsd.rd install upgrade X11R6 All the packages Make sure sun4c and sun4 work sgi cd43 netboot(tftp) bsd.rd install upgrade X11R6 All the packages landisk bsd.rd miniroot install upgrade X11R6 All the packages armish bsd.rd install upgrade X11R6 All the packages mac68k bsd.rd install upgrade X11R6 All the packages hp300 bsd.rd bsd.rd on cd netboot install upgrade X11R6 All the packages mvme68k bsd.rd netboot s-records install upgrade X11R6 (no srv) All the packages mvme88k bsd.rd tftpboot netboot install upgrade X11R6 (no server) All the packages hppa cd43 install43 bsd.rd lif netboot tape install upgrade X11R6 (no server) All the packages vax cd43 install43 floppy/simh mop tape bsd.rd install upgrade X11R6 All the packages
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