[Fedora-packaging] Kernel modules packaged for dkms

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at laiskiainen.org
Tue Oct 10 12:47:17 UTC 2006

On Tue, 10 Oct 2006, seth vidal wrote:

> On Tue, 2006-10-10 at 11:00 +0300, Panu Matilainen wrote:
>> On Mon, 9 Oct 2006, Matthias Saou wrote:
>>> Thorsten Leemhuis wrote :
>>> [...]
>>>> Well, dkms kernel-modules are not directly forbidden (at least it's not
>>>> written down somewhere), but we choose to use kmod for kernel-module
>>>> packages -- so they are not allowed AFAICS.
>>> Then I'd like the people who pushed the kmod scheme to be accepted to
>>> try and get it to be 100% functional ASAP, as the whole build server
>>> side, to get automated rebuilds for all newly released kernels is quite
>>> far from being implemented (unless I'm mistaken).
>> IIRC dkms was never *really* considered for the kernel module standard,
>> everybody was too busy arguing over uname-r in name, how to handle
>> debuginfo packages, what kind of macro magic to include, how many kernels
>> to build for in buildsys, how to teach the kmod scheme to buildsys etc.
> I think dkms is a good solution for sysadmins managing a bunch of
> systems - but for our use situation it causes issues b/c we want people
> to be able to install and use kernel modules w/o having to build them
> and/or have all the build tools installed.

Requiring clients to have build tools installed is a downside to dkms, 
yes, but me thinks it's really just a minor nuisance compared to the 
hideous mess of kernel module rpms.

 	- Panu -

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