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Date: Tue, 7 May 2013 06:58:41 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: tested on ancient Linux

On Tue, May 07, 2013 at 05:06:08AM +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
> FWIW, I've just test-built the current core tree, version, on a
> system installed in 1997 (which had few changes made to it since then):
> gcc, libc 5.4.38 + my ancient patches, Linux 2.0.40 + my ancient
> patches, running on Pentium II (Deschutes) at 400 MHz, 1.6 GB disk (yes,
> still working), 768 MB RAM (upgraded some years ago, original size was
> less).  This machine is doing some useful work since 1997 (I think its
> uptime for these 15+ years is over 99.9%; current is less than a year,
> but this system has had its share of jiffies overflows before).

I doubt that anyone cares, but FWIW I recalled that this system was
migrated from an older machine in 1999 or so.  Pentium II was not yet
available in 1997.  The HDD might be from the original machine from
1997.  The gcc binaries are from 1996 and 1997 (different files that are
part of the same gcc install - I guess Patrick was saving time on not
rebuilding gcc fully for patchlevel updates), original libc binary from
1997 and my patched version from 1999.  So JtR still works fine with
that stuff. %-)


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