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Tue, 16 Mar 2010

Fedora Mcelog Maintainer Sucks

Welcome to the new episode of the "bashing Fedora bug handling" series, this is your grumpy Fedora user Yenya speaking. I hereby declare that the maintainer of the Fedora mcelog package sucks:

At some time during the Fedora 11 devel cycle, there was a change in kernel in a way which mcelog events are reported. The userland package needed an upgrade. The problem has been reported in June 2009, and is still unfixed in F11 as of now. In the meantime, the same problem has been found in RHEL: reported in November 2009, fixed in January 2010.

Today after installing a new F12 server I have found another problem, which has been handled in a strikingly similar way by the Fedora package maintainer: it is still not fixed as of today, despite the fact that the corresponding RHEL bug has been fixed in September 2009.

Last time I have checked Fedora has been supposed to be a bleeding-edge roll-out-fixes-fast distribution. They are even discussing whether upgrades to new versions of software are feasible inside a single Fedora release. I think such a discussion is premature when some maintainers of packages installed by default are not even able to pull the existing RHEL fixes to their packages.

That's all from today's "bashing Fedora bug handling", see you next time!

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Tue, 02 Mar 2010


In today's mailbox:

Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 20:40:32 +0100
From: arpwatch-at-our-domain
Subject: changed ethernet address (

          ip address:
    ethernet address: 0:25:b3:xx:xx:xx
     ethernet vendor: Hewlett Packard
old ethernet address: 8:0:69:yy:yy:yy
 old ethernet vendor: SILICON GRAPHICS INC.
           timestamp: Monday, March 1, 2010 20:39:50 +0100
  previous timestamp: Monday, March 1, 2010 20:20:35 +0100
               delta: 19 minutes
                  hw: SGI Origin 2000, irix6.5

Aisa has been running on SGI Origin 2000 hardware with Origin Vault external disk box since 2000, and was the last non-Linux UNIX server in faculty-wide use (there may be few OpenSolaris and other UNIX boxes here and there, used inside some laboratory, but that's all).

The hardware is still relatively up-to-date even in today's terms: 8 CPUs (at 350 MHz), 2 GB RAM, 100 Mbit ethernet, etc. It has been extremely stable: e.g. no disk have crashed in the last few years (actually, I don't remember any disk crash in Aisa at all, but my memory might be fading, especially concerning the first few years of production use of this server).

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