skiboot-5.6.0-rc2 was released on Friday May 19th 2017. It is the second release candidate of skiboot 5.6, which will become the new stable release of skiboot following the 5.5 release, first released April 7th 2017.

skiboot-5.6.0-rc2 contains all bug fixes as of skiboot-5.4.4 and skiboot-5.1.19 (the currently maintained stable releases). We do not currently expect to do any 5.5.x stable releases.

For how the skiboot stable releases work, see Skiboot stable tree rules and releases for details.

The current plan is to cut the final 5.6.0 by May 22nd, with skiboot 5.6.0 being for all POWER8 and POWER9 platforms in op-build v1.17 (Due May 24th). This is a short cycle as this release is mainly targetted towards POWER9 bringup efforts.

With skiboot 5.6.0, we are moving to a regular six week release cycle, similar to op-build, but slightly offset to allow for a short stabilisation period. Expected release dates and contents are tracked using GitHub milestone and issues:

Over skiboot-5.6.0-rc1, we have the following changes:

  • hw/i2c: Fix early lock drop

    When interacting with an I2C master the p8-i2c driver (common to p9) aquires a per-master lock which it holds for the duration of it’s interaction with the master. Unfortunately, when p8_i2c_check_initial_status() detects that the master is busy with another transaction it drops the lock and returns OPAL_BUSY. This is contrary to the driver’s locking strategy which requires that the caller aquire and drop the lock. This leads to a crash due to the double unlock(), which skiboot treats as fatal.

  • mambo: Add skiboot/linux symbol lookup

    Adds the skisym and linsym commands which can be used to find the address of a Linux or Skiboot symbol. To function this requires the user to provide the SKIBOOT_MAP and VMLINUX_MAP environmental variables which indicate which and files should be used.


    • Look up a symbol address:

      systemsim % skisym .load_and_boot_kernel
    • Set a breakpoint there:

      systemsim % b [skisym .load_and_boot_kernel]
      breakpoint set at [0:0]: 0x0000000030013a08 (0x0000000030013A08) Enc:0x7D800026 : mfcr    r12
  • libstb: Fix build in OpenSSL 1.1

    The build failure was as follows:

    [ HOSTCC ] libstb/create-container.c
    In file included from /usr/include/openssl/asn1.h:24:0,
                     from /usr/include/openssl/ec.h:30,
                     from libstb/create-container.c:36:
    libstb/create-container.c: In function ‘getSigRaw’:
    libstb/create-container.c:104:31: error: dereferencing pointer to incomplete
                                      type ‘ECDSA_SIG {aka struct ECDSA_SIG_st}’
      rlen = BN_num_bytes(signature->r);