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Re: Stand-alone kernel module packages now in rawhide.. the dawn of a new era

On Sat, Jan 08, 2005 at 01:07:42PM +0100, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-01-07 at 16:20 -0500, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
> > On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 07:50:13 -0500, Build System <buildsys redhat com> wrote:
> > > New package GFS-kernel
> > >         GFS-kernel - The Global File System kernel modules
> > > New package cman-kernel
> > >         cman-kernel - The Cluster Manager kernel modules
> > > New package dlm-kernel
> > >         dlm-kernel - The Distributed Lock Manager kernel modules.
> > > New package gnbd-kernel
> > >         gnbd-kernel - The kernel module for GFS's Network Block Device
> > 
> > 
> > My understanding is these package are pretty much the first packages
> > inside Fedora Core
> > to provide kernel modules outside the actual kernel package.
> I do wonder though why they aren't just patched into the regular kernel
> rpm... Would make a lot more sense for something provided in the core
> distro....

Probably because RHEL4 will have GFS as a separate add-on product to
buy. It's not a direct argument for FC, but after all for RH it's a
bigger PITA to have FC with patched in GFS and RHEL with externally
maintained GFS bits.

Too bad we couldn't get a proper external kernel module building
mechanism into Fedora Core half a year ago. ...

At the very least the packages should contain the kernel
version/release they are built for in the name of the package,
though. Anyway, as Jeff writes, it's a first step. :)

What I find muxh more appealing is the use of foo-kernheaders in
analogy to glibc-kernheaders, which was something that didn't have a
proper method to be packaged until now. Already applied to two
packages at ATrpms (i2c and ivtv :).
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net

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