kernel-package_1.03 uploaded to master.debian.org
[Bruce, Simon, I know this is longer than I'd like it to be, but I'd
appreciate it if you read this message through]
I do apologize for uploading a new version on the Thursday
before a Monday release, but in the last two days people have
informed me of deficiencies in the scripts which may strike people
doing a partial upgrade and trying to remove a kernel image, or
trying to create a bootable floppy and putting in an unformatted
I have made the new kernel image postinst offer to format the
floppy, and tweaked the scripts in general so that they will have
fewer problems with older versions of perl.
It is unfortunate that I have to release the package at this
time, since I also had made changes that bring the kernel packages
more in line with the guidelines (no, that is not the unfortunate
part), but that involved changing the packages such that the version
number, since it is already incorporated in the package name, is now
not reflected in the version number.
Untill now, the packages created from (say) linux kernel
version 1.99.14 were called kernel-image-1.99.14, and had a version
number 1.99.14-0, which should have yielded the file name
kernel-image-1.99.14-1.99.14-0.i386.deb, or, under the new scheme,
kernel-image-1.99.14_1.99.14-0_i386.deb. This was hacked to be
kernel-image-1.99.14-0.i386.deb using a rogue version of dchanges.
This was especially wrong since there never would be a version
for kernel-image-1.99.14 other than 1.99.14, so the version number
was a fallacy even then. I have now made the version number just 3.0,
yielding the filename kernel-image-1.99.14_3.0_i386.deb, using
dpkg-name and dchanges as per the guidelines.
The unfortunate part is (finally) that if the version number
is less than 3.0, then kernel-image-2.0.0 (which would have had a
number 2.0.0-0 under the old scheme) would appear to have been
So, Bruce and Simon, I'd appreciate it if you could put images
created with this version in the release, keeping debian = 3.0 in
debian.rules. I have spent the last day testing this, and things
seem to work for me (including making bootfloppies and all).
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Date: 14 Jun 96 00:01 UT
Maintainer: Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Architecture: all source
kernel-package: Debian Linux kernel package build scripts.
* The image post inst warns against using unformatted floppies for
bootable image disks, and offers to format the disk for the user.
* Change the file names to use the new naming format with the underscores
* Fiddled with targets and stamps so that no target is remade unnecesarily
* kernel-package now suggests kernel-source
* Conform to the new dchanges format. Removed the hacked, private version
of dchanges that ignored the file name munging this package did. Now
the packages associated with (for example) linux kernel version 1.99.14
will be package kernel-image-1.99.14, version 3.0 (instead of 1.99.14-3.0)
giving a filename kernel-image-1.99.14_3.0_all.deb rather than the madness
of kernel-image-1.99.14_1.99.14-3.0_all.deb (which was hacked away before)
* Added a dependency on recent perl5 package to kernel-package
0c81f3196ee1f10c59bf8309d95f9344 18608 experimental - kernel-package_1.03.tar.gz
28f70501b36d577b52217525986c4a5a 24146 experimental optional kernel-package_1.03_all.deb
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Manoj Srivastava Systems Research Programmer, Project Pilgrim,
Phone: (413) 545-3918 A143B Lederle Graduate Research Center,
Fax: (413) 545-1249 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003