FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE Errata

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This document lists errata items for FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE, containing significant information discovered after the release or too late in the release cycle to be otherwise included in the release documentation. This information includes security advisories, as well as news relating to the software or documentation that could affect its operation or usability. An up-to-date version of this document should always be consulted before installing this version of FreeBSD.

This errata document for FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE will be maintained until the release of FreeBSD 7.4-RELEASE.

1 Introduction

This errata document contains “late-breaking news” about FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE. 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.

Any version of this errata document actually distributed with the release (for example, on a CDROM distribution) will be out of date by definition, but other copies are kept updated on the Internet and should be consulted as the “current errata” for this release. These other copies of the errata are located at, plus any sites which keep up-to-date mirrors of this location.

Source and binary snapshots of FreeBSD 7.3-STABLE also contain up-to-date copies of this document (as of the time of the snapshot).

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2 Security Advisories

No advisory.

3 Open Issues

No issue.

4 Late-Breaking News and Corrections

[20100402] The FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE Release Notes incorrectly mentioned that a -p flag has been added to the ps(1) utility. It should have been a -d flag. The correct entry is:

The ps(1) command now supports a new flag -d. This displays descendant info with the output similar to Linux's -H (or -f).

[20100330] The libc of FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE has the fdopendir(3) function but <dirent.h> header file does not contain the function prototype. This could cause programs compiled on the system to crash on platforms such as FreeBSD/amd64, where sizeof(void *) is greater than sizeof(int). This problem has been fixed in r205265 (RELENG_7). An Errata Notice for 7.3-RELEASE is planned.

[20100330] It turns out that the zfsloader in 7.3-RELEASE, a new boot loader similar to loader(8) but it supports ZFS, does not work properly. This problem has been fixed in r205539 (RELENG_7). An Errata Notice for 7.3-RELEASE is planned.

[20100323] The FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE Release Notes incorrectly mentioned that the hwpmc(4) driver has been added though this driver has already been added in 7.0-RELEASE. The changes in 7.3-RELEASE are that pmcannotate(8) utility and support for Intel Core 2 and Core i7 have been added.

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