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Bug#1006800: debian-installer: kernel mismatch for bookworm and sid installer. New release needed?


Roland Clobus <rclobus@rclobus.nl> (2022-03-05):
> I have noticed that the officially released version debian-installer
> [2][3] will not work for bookworm and sid, because the kernel version
> in the debian- installer does not match the current kernel version.
> You recently fixed this in git [4].
> Could you release a new version of debian-installer for bookworm and
> sid?

We could, and should, release a new d-i and possibly an Alpha 1 at some
point, but I don't have a specific timeline for that.

> Or do you recommend a different (release) strategy?

A new debian-installer upload (prelude to the aforementioned Alpha 1) is
only going to help until src:linux gets a new ABI bump, so that's only
going to be temporary anyway.

> I'm aware of the daily images [5], but they are currently not being
> snapshotted, which makes it impossible to reproduce an image after the
> older images have been removed from [5].

If you're using a specific build, you could mirror it on your side, and
then have a way to point at the mirrored copy so that you wouldn't
depend on d-i.d.o's contents (that's an approach seen in various
projects, e.g.  time-based snapshots and tagged snapshots in Tails, even
if that's for Debian as a whole, not d-i)?

How long do you need to go back / how long do you need to keep a given
build? Maybe we could just keep (some) builds for a longer while there,
but that's at 90 days already.

Cyril Brulebois (kibi@debian.org)            <https://debamax.com/>
D-I release manager -- Release team member -- Freelance Consultant

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