24 February 2017. Summary of changes for version 20170224:
This release is available at https://acpica.org/downloads
1) ACPICA kernel-resident subsystem:
Interpreter: Fixed two issues with the control method return value auto-repair feature, where an attempt to double-delete an internal object could result in an ACPICA warning (for _CID repair and others). No fault occurs, however, because the attempted deletion (actually a release to an internal cache) is detected and ignored via object poisoning.
Debugger: Fixed an AML interpreter mutex issue during the single stepping of control methods. If certain debugger commands are executed during stepping, a mutex aquire/release error could occur. Lv Zheng.
Fixed some issues generating ACPICA with the Intel C compiler by restoring the original behavior and compiler-specific include file in acenv.h. Lv Zheng.
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.
Non-Debug Version: 141.7K Code, 58.5K Data, 200.2K Total
Debug Version: 207.5K Code, 82.7K Data, 290.2K Total
Non-Debug Version: 137.4K Code, 52.6K Data, 190.0K Total
Debug Version: 201.5K Code, 82.2K Data, 283.7K Total
2) iASL Compiler/Disassembler and Tools:
iASL/Disassembler: A preliminary version of a new ASL-to-ASL+ conversion tool has been designed, implemented, and included in this release. The key feature of this utility is that the original comments within the input ASL file are preserved during the conversion process, and included within the converted ASL+ file -- thus creating a transparent conversion of existing ASL files to ASL+ (ASL 2.0). Erik Schmauss.
Usage: iasl -ca // Output is a .dsl file with converted code
iASL/Disassembler: Improved the detection and correct disassembly of Switch/Case operators. This feature detects sequences of if/elseif/else operators that originated from ASL Switch/Case/Default operators and emits the original operators. David Box.
iASL: Improved the IORT ACPI table support in the following areas. Lv Zheng:
Clear MappingOffset if the MappingCount is zero.
Fix the disassembly of the SMMU GSU interrupt offset.
Update the template file for the IORT table.
Disassembler: Enhanced the detection and disassembly of resource template/descriptor within a Buffer object. An EndTag descriptor is now required to have a zero second byte, since all known ASL compilers emit this. This helps eliminate incorrect decisions when a buffer is disassembled (false positives on resource templates).