Yocto Project Status WW25`21

Stephen Jolley

Current Dev Position: YP 3.4 M2

Next Deadline: 12th July 2021 YP 3.4 M2 build


Next Team Meetings:


Key Status/Updates:

  • YP 3.4 M1 has been through QA pending release approval with two QA issues highlighted.
  • YP 3.1.9 is being built ready for QA.
  • Big thanks to Paul Gortmaker for tracking down the cause of an LTP null pointer dereference (and other errors) within the cgroups mount code which was responsible for several of our LTP hangs. The issue was introduced in new code between 5.0 and 5.1 in the kernel and had been present for a while. The fix is now making its way through various kernel trees upstream.
  • Sadly, the above fix did not resolve the “rcu” autobuilder VM hangs we are seeing occasionally. These are odd in that they affect kvm and non-kvm builds (x86 and arm seen on x86-64 hosts), they pin the VM at 300-400% CPU usage and the VM will respond to pings but no ssh or console output. The rcu dumps from the kernel are likely a symptom that something is wrong rather than the cause and often look incomplete. It is as if some instantaneous host load breaks timers in a way the guest cannot recover or continue execution from. We’re continuing to try and narrow this down but it is proving elusive and progress is slow, any insight anyone may have would be welcome.
  • There are new manual sections that have recently been added on Reproducible Builds and Yocto Project Compatible.
  • We continue to deal with an issue with centos8 kernels having what looks like bad bounds checking on the utimensat_time64 32 bit syscalls where the syscall was backported into a kernel point release. We’re working on reporting it upstream.
  • We have a 10th anniversary T-shirt and some other Yocto Project items (hoody, stickers, mugs etc.) now available at https://yoctoproject.org/shop (EU and Americas sources)
  • The multiconfig changes in bitbake continue to cause problems, we still need simpler test cases to reproduce issues rather than huge builds. The existing patches seem to fix some workloads and break others. Richard is trying to fix but trying to fix autobuilder issues and other problems and these are slow builds to debug.
  • Intermittent autobuilder issues continue to occur and continue to be at record high levels. You can see the list of failures we’re continuing to see by searching for the “AB-INT” tag in bugzilla: https://bugzilla.yoctoproject.org/buglist.cgi?quicksearch=AB-INT

We are working to identify the load pattern on the infrastructure that seems to trigger these.


Ways to contribute:


YP 3.4 Milestone Dates:

  • YP 3.4 M1 is in review by the TSC
  • YP 3.4 M2 build date 2021/07/12
  • YP 3.4 M2 Release date 2021/07/23
  • YP 3.4 M3 build date 2021/08/23 (Feature Freeze)
  • YP 3.4 M3 Release date 2021/09/03
  • YP 3.4 M4 build date 2021/10/04
  • YP 3.4 M4 Release date 2021/10/29


Planned upcoming dot releases:

  • YP 3.1.9 is being built
  • YP 3.1.9 release date 2021/07/02
  • YP 3.3.2 build date 2021/07/19
  • YP 3.3.2 release date 2021/07/30
  • YP 3.1.10 build date 2021/07/26
  • YP 3.1.10 release date 2021/08/06
  • YP 3.1.11 build date 2021/09/13
  • YP 3.1.11 release date 2021/9/24


Tracking Metrics:


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Stephen K. Jolley

Yocto Project Program Manager

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