Re: Bug#861263: debian-installer: zfs support
On 05/05/2017, Sam Kuper <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 05/05/2017, Ben Hutchings <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> The legal status of ZFSonLinux was discussed by the FTP team and DPL
>> over a long period, with input from legal counsel, resulting in a
>> decision to put it in the 'contrib' section. That decision is unlikely
>> to be revisited soon.
> Thanks. I have searched for such a discussion but have not yet found
> it. Do you have a link to the discussion? Did its conclusions
> definitely cover source distribution, or only binaries?
I still have not found the discussion, but I have found a helpful
summary by Neil McGovern. In a comment thread there, Neil summarises
the reason to put the ZFS DKMS into "main", even though it is
distributed as source:
Martin (February 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm):
> I understand the decision to distribute ZFS as source
> only, but could you elaborate on why the package is
> going into contrib rather than main?
Neil McGovern (February 28, 2017 at 6:26 pm):
> Sure – it’s about the promise that Debian makes to
> the end user. Basically, by it being in main you’re
> legally able to redistribute the end product (along with
> source). With a CDDL module and a GPL2+ kernel,
> that becomes – at best – unclear.
I would still like to see the original discussion, but for the time
being, this comment of Neil's adequately answer my question about
Debian's rationale re: source vs binary and "contrib" vs "main".
However, there is another comment thread on Neil's summary that seems
very pertinent to this bug (Bug#861263):
Bill McGrath (March 12, 2016 at 1:27 am):
> [...] If source is the only option, might I
> suggest building a script into the installer to do the
> downloading and compiling so that installation will still
> be a breeze.
Neil McGovern (March 14, 2016 at 9:11 am):
> This is what’ll happen already, we’re using DKMS
In other words, Bill McGrath's request matches my suggestion above,
and Neil McGovern's reply suggests it is already on Debian's roadmap.
Why, then, is this bug (Bug#861263) marked as wontfix? Did something
change Neil's mind after that comment was posted? Or was Neil wrong at
the time to suggest that the Debian Installer will include a script to
download and compile ZFS?