[Fedora-packaging] Re: DKMS into Fedora Extras

Chuck R. Anderson cra at WPI.EDU
Mon Feb 21 20:41:38 UTC 2005

On Mon, Feb 21, 2005 at 02:48:40PM -0500, seth vidal wrote:
> Right now I'm thinking:
>  kernel modules must have kernel-version-release in the package name for
> the kernel module - this makes for irritating package naming and cvs
> naming but <shrug>
>  if a kernel-module has a new version available then it should be
> updated, not installed.
>  else - kernel modules are installed.

I think that adding the kernel version-release to the package name of
the kernel-module-foo packages is a bad idea.  I think it would be
better to have the kernel-module-foo actual version-release tag be the
same as the corresponding kernel version-release tag.  Then you could
just parallel install the kernel-module-foo packages in the same way
that the kernel is parallel installed.

> Now - how do we go about getting kernel modules pulled in when new
> kernels come out. Clearly it can't be via an update b/c the package name
> will change, so yum won't notice it as an update. Doing it via obsoletes
> is just yucky. We need something like a kernel-module registry. So we
> can track kernel-modules you have installed by something OTHER than
> package name.

Using a package name that never changes would avoid this problem...

Of course, then we have a problem if you want to update a kernel 
module without updating the corresponding kernel package.  Would this 
happen that often?

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