31 August 2016. Summary of changes for version 20160831:
This release is available at https://acpica.org/downloads
1) ACPICA kernel-resident subsystem:
Improve support for the so-called "module-level code", which is defined to be math, logical and control AML opcodes that appear outside of any control method. This change improves the support by adding more opcodes that can be executed in the manner. Some other issues have been solved, and the ASL grammar changes to support such code under all scope operators (Device, etc.) are complete. Lv Zheng.
UEFI support: these OSL functions have been implemented. This is an additional step toward supporting the AcpiExec utility natively (with full hardware access) under UEFI. Marcelo Ferreira.
Fixed a possible mutex error during control method auto-serialization. Lv Zheng.
Updated support for the Generic Address Structure by fully implementing all GAS fields when a 32-bit address is expanded to a 64-bit GAS. Lv Zheng.
Updated the return value for the internal _OSI method. Instead of 0xFFFFFFFF, the "Ones" value is now returned, which is 0xFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF for 64-bit ACPI tables. This fixes an incompatibility with other ACPI implementations, and will be reflected and clarified in the next version of the ACPI specification.
Implemented two new table events that can be passed to an ACPICA table handler. These events are used to indicate a table installation or uninstallation. These events are used in addition to existed table load and unload events. Lv Zheng.
Implemented a cleanup for all internal string-to-integer conversions. Consolidate multiple versions of this functionality and limit possible bases to either 10 or 16 to simplify the code. Adds a new file, utstrtoul64.
Cleanup the inclusion order of the various compiler-specific headers. This simplifies build configuration management. The compiler-specific headers are now split out from the host-specific headers. 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: 140.1K Code, 58.1K Data, 198.1K Total
Debug Version: 200.3K Code, 82.1K Data, 282.4K Total
2) iASL Compiler/Disassembler and Tools:
iASL/AcpiExec: Added a command line option to display the build date/time of the tool (-vd). This can be useful to verify that the correct version of the tools are being used.
AML Debugger: Implemented a new subcommand ("execute predef") to execute all predefined control methods and names within the current namespace. This can be useful for debugging problems with ACPI tables and the ACPI namespace.