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

On Mon, Nov 10, 2003 at 12:03:38PM +0100, 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!

As a prospective maintainer of an important package, it ill behooves you
to make fun of legitimate bug reports. In particular, klogd not being
able to look up symbols means that you and upstream will get less useful
bug reports when the kernel oopses.

> > 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.

How do you propose to do that without changing the package name, and
without leaving old System.map junk around for eternity? I don't see how
it can be possible.

(This is exactly the same question as Matthew asked, of course; but it
is an important question relative to this ITP and I want to see it

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

You're proposing a packaging scheme where the package name is not
changed for new kernel versions. It is entirely legitimate for people to
bring up potential problems with this scheme. I'm disappointed that you
feel it necessary to brush them off just to railroad your proposal

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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