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

Robert Millan wrote:
>On Sun, Nov 09, 2003 at 08:33:00PM +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
>> klogd will be unable to look up symbols, and ps and top need it for
>> wchan to be displayable.
>I'm so scared. wchan won't be displayable!

What were you saying about sarcasm? The fact remains that it's a bug,
and it's a bug that you should already have thought of. Put simply, if
this is the level of research you've done, I don't think you're suitable
for packaging something as important as the kernel. This doesn't mean
that you shouldn't do it (as an academic exercise it'd be a wonderful
learning experience, and lessons learned may be well applied else where)
- I just don't think it should go anywhere near the archive.

>> That doesn't deal with the problem I described. How do you prevent
>> System.map and the running kernel getting out of sync when you upload a
>> new version of the linux package? 
>I don't see why should I address that. But don't worry, if it turns out
>there's a reason to, I'm pretty capable of solving it.

Because it's a bug, and if you're going to maintain your packages then
you need to address bugs.

>You're mixing trivial maintainer issues with this ITP. It's very pity of you
>if you're doing it on purpose.

No, I'm saying that you're proposing to package a major piece of
infrastructure and give it a name that may attract users into installing
it, and the amount of thought and consideration that you seem to have
put in is insufficiently large for me to consider that it'll do anything
other than convince people that Debian kernel packagers are on crack.
Which would, again, be bad.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.devel@srcf.ucam.org

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