[Fedora-packaging] Re: kernel module packaging

Jon Masters jonathan at jonmasters.org
Mon Jun 5 12:29:10 UTC 2006

On Sat, Jun 03, 2006 at 13:01:22 -0400, Dave Jones wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 03, 2006 at 09:06:42AM -0500, Tom 'spot' Callaway wrote:
> > On Sat, 2006-06-03 at 01:47 +0100, Jon Masters wrote:

> > > I'm working on some to-be-proposed updates to the kernel module
> > > packaging in Fedora Extras to allow us to track changes to the kernel
> > > ABI rather than purely the kernel release/version. This should make
> > > life easier and help to reduce the number of times that a minor kernel
> > > update (e.g. security fixes, etc.) forces all external drivers to be
> > > rebuilt.

> > I'm not so sure this will work for Fedora. The ABI in the kernel is
> > utterly inconsistent, and no work is being done upstream to try and keep
> > the ABI consistent or predictable.

Sure. I understand. I guess what I'm saying is "look, you get this for
free, it requires no extra effort on the part of the packager, but it
may help reduce unnecessary updates". I understand the lack of a
kernel ABI in Fedora - whenever part of the ABI changes, the module
just becomes incompatible in its dependencies and you upgrade it in
the usual way.

> I'd go as far as to say for Fedora, there *is no* kernel ABI, nor
> is it practical to make one.


Ok. Well, given that it doesn't hurt packagers or make their lives
more difficult - isn't it worth making this available to them anyway?
I'm cool with whatever the Fedora community want.


P.S. This mail was hand munged via the archives, so it's going to
break threading - for some reason I'm not getting fedora-packaging
delivered directly right now even though I'm signed up. Will

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