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Re: Getting Slink compatible with Linux-2.2.0

On Tue, 26 Jan 1999, Remco van de Meent wrote:

> In my more than honest opinion, I think util-linux 2.9g should be included
> in slink. Developments in the computer business are going fast, as everyone
> knows, and on the day slink will get released, I think a lot of people who
> are going to upgrade to slink, also want to have the newest kernel, 2.2.
> That's why slink should be compatible with Linux-2.2, otherwise it is quite
> a bit outdated at the moment of release. There is a major difference between
> not being compatible with the latest major kernel release, and not including
> the latest patchlevel of some software thingie.
> An option would be to backport the mkswap utility into util-linux 2.7.1.x,
> but I'd rather prefer including 2.9g. Why? Because
> linux/Documentation/Changes states that 2.9g is necessary. And that's the
> file people will look in, when they want Linux-2.2. They're not going to
> look at /usr/doc/util-linux/README.Debian. At least, that would be my guess.
> Also, Stephen Crowley noted that new dhcp-packages should be included in
> slink, because the ones that currently are in slink ain't compatible with
> Linux-2.2 either, but maybe he can explain that himself :)
> Brian et al., I hope you want to reconsider the point of including newer
> versions of some packages in slink, even at this moment when the fridge is
> working at maximum power...

Speaking as the maintainer of util-linux (I adopted it 2 weeks ago):

Including the current (2.9g-5) util-linux from unstable in frozen is a Bad
Idea(tm). This version has several big packaging issues. If you want a
util-linux 2.9 in frozen, please wait at least until tomorrow so I can
upload a version to fix the most obvious bugs (notably the few missing


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