Re: Will nvidia-graphics-drivers ever transition to testing?
On Sun, May 11, 2008 at 03:39:15PM -0400, Filipus Klutiero wrote:
> Yes, the problems with conglomeration packages are the same as you'd get by
> merging 2 somewhat related source packages together, say iceweasel with
> icedove. Although the source packages would probably share a bit of code, if
> there's a libpng transition and only iceweasel is ready, you need to drop
> icedove, but your only choices are to drop icedove and iceweasel or re-upload
> with a disabled icedove. Transitions get longer and/or versions are bumped
> constantly. For example, linux-modules-extra-2.6 was uploaded 7 times to
> unstable in 2008, while iceweasel was only uploaded 5 times.
> linux-modules-extra-2.6 only did one Linux ABI transition during that time.
> If nvidia prebuilt modules are merged in linux-modules-nonfree-2.6, they'll be
> tied to kqemu prebuilt modules. This would hurt both nvidia LKM-s and kqemu
> LKM-s, which are already in bad enough shape.
linux-modules-extra-2.6 was uploaded many times since more and more
modules were getting added to its list to build. There is no source
code for any of the modules in the package however, just a list of which
ones should be built from their own *-source packages.
It is only changed when new module packages should be supported by it,
and when a new kernel comes out so that it can explicitly build modules
for that new kernel.