Sunday, November 26, 2017

man-pages-4.14 is released

I've released man-pages-4.14. The release tarball is available on The browsable online pages can be found on The Git repository for man-pages is available on

This release resulted from patches, bug reports, reviews, and comments from 71 contributors. Nearly 400 commits changed more than 160 pages. In addition, 4 new manual pages were added.

Among the more significant changes in man-pages-4.14 are the following:

  • With help from several people, I've added a new pthread_spin_init(3) page describing pthread_spin_init() and pthread_spin_destroy(). This page provides some recommendations on when the usage of spin locks is appropriate.
  • I added a new pthread_spin_lock(3) page describing pthread_spin_lock(), pthread_spin_unlock(), and pthread_spin_trylock().
  • A new smartpqi(4) page, written by Don Brace, documents the smartpqi SCSI controller.
  • A new veth(4) page, written by Tomáš Pospíšek, Eric Biederman, and me, documents veth virtual ethernet devices.
  • Substantial additions were made to the seccomp(2) page, by Tyler Hicks and me, documenting the many new seccomp features added in the Linux 4.14 kernel. In addition, I've added a section noting various caveats regarding the use of seccomp. (See also the article, The inherent fragility of seccomp(), which is accompanied by a number of quite informative comments.)

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