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Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 22:35:44 -0500
From: "jfoug" <>
To: <>
Subject: RE: tested on ancient Linux

Pretty darn impressive with latest and greatest works nearly unmodified on
15 year old iron^h^h^h^h rust, lol.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Solar Designer [] 
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2013 21:59
Subject: Re: [john-dev] 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

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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