[Vm-dev] Looking for a new VM release candidate (was: [squeak-dev] Broken 5.3 downloads need fixing)

Marcel Taeumel marcel.taeumel at hpi.de
Mon Apr 20 15:39:07 UTC 2020

Hi Tim!

Yes, let's make a new VM release to be used in Squeak 5.3 and 6.0alpha. I think we should start this dicussion on vm-dev, so I cross-post this.

Once we find a new candidate that was build after March 24 to fix the ARM bug you mentioned, we can update the CI and the bundles. (https://github.com/OpenSmalltalk/opensmalltalk-vm/releases [https://github.com/OpenSmalltalk/opensmalltalk-vm/releases])

That new release will then be copied over to the CI's base files:
http://files.squeak.org/base/ [http://files.squeak.org/base/]

Once the new bundles are produced...
http://files.squeak.org/5.3/ [http://files.squeak.org/5.3/]

http://files.squeak.org/6.0alpha/ [http://files.squeak.org/6.0alpha/]
...we can update squeak.org.

But first things first: We need to find a new release candidate for the VM to be tested at least a week. Tim proposed the following version:


Eliot? Nicolas? Any thoughts on this?

Am 18.04.2020 01:43:32 schrieb tim Rowledge <tim at rowledge.org>:
The VM included in the 5.3 package for the ARM linux systems is fatally broken due to a code generator bug; we had various discussions about the issue in mid-March. We also noticed a problem with the bitBLT code for all platforms that was fixed by VMMaker.oscog-nice.2732

We really need to push the magic buttons to replace the ARM package in order for it to run at all; updating the other platforms to fix bitBLT would be nice. A quick test of the next available VM on bintray suggests that the https://bintray.com/opensmalltalk/vm/download_file?file_path=squeak.cog.spur_linux32ARMv6_202003291024.tar.gz version is functional - but maybe we want to use the latest?

What needs doing to solve this for the download page?

tim Rowledge; tim at rowledge.org; http://www.rowledge.org/tim
Useful random insult:- On permanent leave of absence from his senses.

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