[Fedora-packaging] Re: kernel-modules in the buildsystem (Was: Re: Stuff to look for in plague 0.4)

Matt Domsch Matt_Domsch at dell.com
Tue Aug 23 19:55:38 UTC 2005

On Tue, Aug 23, 2005 at 01:59:27AM -0400, seth vidal wrote:
> why doesn't it automatically build for whatever the highest installed
> kernel-devel or highest installed kernel package is?

One of the problems is that the build system doesn't know what kernels
an end user may be running.  Therefore, you've got to

a) be able to have the end user rebuild for whatever kernel they're
running (easy, works that way today)

b) if the driver is needed at install time, the build system needs to
provide pre-builts for the installer (and CD media) kernel.

(optionally) c) have the build system build binaries for each of the
released errata kernels too, so you don't require a kernel upgrade in
order to get a given module that matches.

I'm not sure how optional c) really is though.  Depends on how easy
you want to make life for your system administrators to not have to do
a) themselves all the time.


Matt Domsch
Software Architect
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