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Re: Bug#219582: ITP: linux -- Linux 2.4 kernel

On Sun, Nov 09, 2003 at 07:31:24PM +0100, martin f krafft wrote:
> also sprach Robert Millan <zeratul2@wanadoo.es> [2003.11.09.1918 +0100]:
> > > So you're saying that you don't know what System.map is good for?
> > 
> > No, but if you actualy cared you'd be telling me instead of asking.
> I think his point is that you shouldn't attempt to package something
> as vital as the linux kernel without having understood it. You
> should understand the stuff you package in any case, but sometimes
> it's more important.

I basicaly agree with you. But there are two things that should be noticed:

1) The real maintainer behind the curtain is Herbert. I just made the package
which is based on his patchset. Of course, I should have an idea on what I'm
doing, but my task is not the same as if I were the only maintainer.

2) Ignoring System.map is not really an issue. I don't think anyone can
claim I'm uncapable of maintaining this package because of that. My response
was motivated because the purpose of his question sounded more like an
attack based on that excuse. If this wasn't the case, it'd be my oversight.
I'd sincerely apologise then.

> System.map is used to translate addresses into function names,
> mainly for debugging and logging. But please correct me if I am
> wrong.

That's right (I know because I just RTFMed klogd manpage). I don't mind
providing it.

But someone claimed there are critical problems with System.map in the way
my package is upgraded, which is not the case.

Robert Millan

"[..] but the delight and pride of Aule is in the deed of making, and in the
thing made, and neither in possession nor in his own mastery; wherefore he
gives and hoards not, and is free from care, passing ever on to some new work."

 -- J.R.R.T, Ainulindale (Silmarillion)

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