Re: Single kernel package discussion.
On Mon, 16 May 2005, Christian T. Steigies wrote:
Can I build kernel-headers-2.6.11-1 as an m68k.deb or does that conflict
with other arches?
Do I need a separate kernel-headers-2.6.11-1-m68k package? m68k is doing
fine without any 2.6 kernel headers so far, the buildds use a generic k-h
I don't think we need subarch kernel-headers, so I silently skip your third
When I built kernel-headers-2.6.11-1, I got a 5MB package, which I find
rather big. It includes include/asm-* for all 11 subarches or maybe more, do
I really need to include all them in m68k package or can I remove everything
but m68k? Can this be an option in kernel-package? Or maybe is it already?
Those are very good questions. I think, we should start working towards
some kind of kernel policy, which would mandate what goes where. Now it is
one hell of a mess with every architecture doing something slightly
For example on i386 we have the following packages for 2.6.11:
First one is the largest and contains most of the headers, including
include/asm-generic and include/asm-i386. Second one is a dummy package
/usr/share/doc/kernel-headers-2.6.11-1-i386/*, which depends on _all_
k-h-$(version)-$(abiname)-$(flavour) packages. It's purpose is not very
clear to me. Finally, the third one is flavour specific, which contains a
bunch of links into /usr/src/k-h-$(version)-$(abiname) and the following
So, I think that
a) it is ok to build the main header package as just m68k.deb (without
inserting m68k anywhere in the name), as all arches seem to be doing that.
b) if you don't have any subarches/flavours, then probably that's all you
c) you should not include any other asm-* directories besides asm-generic
and asm-m68k. Other arches are accomplishing it by specifying a script to
run by during 'make-kpkg kernel-headers' via the HEADER_CLEAN_HOOK
mechanism. This script then copies required extra stuff into the build
directory and removes unneeded asm-directories.
I would be very interested to hear how your build infrastracture
correlates with the prototype common kernel-image code, which can be found
in branches/kernel-image-2.6.11 directory in svn.
Jurij Smakov email@example.com
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