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Re: Debian Installer - boot floppies

On Sun, Mar 05, 2006 at 08:39:28PM +0100, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> On Mar 05, Sven Luther <sven.luther@wanadoo.fr> wrote:
> > So, on one hand you say you have no plan to oppose workarounds, but on the
> > other hand you clearly oppose such workarounds ?
> No, I oppose attempts to require me to maintain them indefinitely in my
> own packages. It is still possible to add to other packages the rules
> and scripts needed.

Which is why i proposed co-maintainership, so that it would not be *you* who
had to maintain those issues you don't want to maintain :)

If you propose it is best to maintain a udev-hacky-workaround package to make
this possible, then so be it, i am not 100% sure it is the best thing to do
though, as it would have to closely mirror udev uploads probably, given the
highly volatile nature of udev :)

Actually, i have been thinking of a grander plan. The reality is that there is
a bunch of stuff out there which is not yet hotplug friendly, two that came to
my attention was the sparc sbus stuff and the powermac floppies, but undoubtly
they are others.

I believe it would be best for all involved if we maintained a list of such
cases, and had proper workaround in either udev or a separate package, and
then, actively search to get those cases fixed in the kernel, either by doing
the development ourself, or by pulling attention to it, and try to get the
involved persons to act on this.

This would have the benefit of clearly showing the problematic cases,
providing a workaround to our users who would not have to care about such
crass details, and provide a way to do the real fixes and not mean we have to
maintain those workarounds indifinitely.


Sven Luther

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