Version 20131115

15 November 2013. Summary of changes for version 20131115:

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1) ACPICA kernel-resident subsystem:

Resource Manager: Fixed loop termination for the "get AML length" function. The loop previously had an error termination on a NULL resource pointer, which can never happen since the loop simply increments a valid resource pointer. This fix changes the loop to terminate with an error on an invalid end-of-buffer condition. The problem can be seen as an infinite loop by callers to AcpiSetCurrentResources with an invalid or corrupted resource descriptor, or a resource descriptor that is missing an END_TAG descriptor. Reported by Dan Carpenter . Lv Zheng, Bob Moore.

Table unload and ACPICA termination: Delete all attached data objects during namespace node deletion. This fix updates namespace node deletion to delete the entire list of attached objects (attached via AcpiAttachObject) instead of just one of the attached items. ACPICA BZ 1024. Tomasz Nowicki (

ACPICA termination: Added support to delete all objects attached to the root namespace node. This fix deletes any and all objects that have been attached to the root node via AcpiAttachData. Previously, none of these objects were deleted. Reported by Tomasz Nowicki. ACPICA BZ 1026.

Debug output: Do not emit the function nesting level for the in-kernel build. The nesting level is really only useful during a single-thread execution. Therefore, only enable this output for the AcpiExec utility. Also, only emit the thread ID when executing under AcpiExec (Context switches are still always detected and a message is emitted). ACPICA BZ 972.

Example Code and Data Size: These are the sizes for the OS-independent acpica.lib produced by the Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0 32-bit compiler. The debug version of the code includes the debug output trace mechanism and has a much larger code and data size.

Current Release:
Non-Debug Version: 95.9K Code, 27.0K Data, 122.9K Total
Debug Version: 185.1K Code, 77.2K Data, 262.3K Total
Previous Release:
Non-Debug Version: 95.8K Code, 27.0K Data, 122.8K Total
Debug Version: 185.2K Code, 77.2K Data, 262.4K Total

2) iASL Compiler/Disassembler and Tools:

AcpiExec/Unix-OSL: Use instead of . This is the correct portable POSIX header for terminal control functions.

Disassembler: Fixed control method invocation issues related to the use of the CondRefOf() operator. The problem is seen in the disassembly where control method invocations may not be disassembled properly if the control method name has been used previously as an argument to CondRefOf. The solution is to not attempt to emit an external declaration for the CondRefOf target (it is not necessary in the first place). This prevents disassembler object type confusion. ACPICA BZ 988.

Unix Makefiles: Added an option to disable compiler optimizations and the _FORTIFY_SOURCE flag. Some older compilers have problems compiling ACPICA with optimizations (reportedly, gcc 4.4 for example). This change adds a command line option for make (NOOPT) that disables all compiler optimizations and the _FORTIFY_SOURCE compiler flag. The default optimization is -O2 with the _FORTIFY_SOURCE flag specified. ACPICA BZ 1034. Lv Zheng, Bob Moore.

Tests/ASLTS: Added options to specify individual test cases and modes. This allows testers running to optionally specify individual test modes and test cases. Also added an option to disable the forced generation of the ACPICA tools from source if desired. Lv Zheng.

11 November, 2013