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Bug#359813: linux-headers-2.6.16-1-686: attempt to build module (tp_smapi) does nothing; 2.6.15 headers worked OK

Package: linux-headers-2.6.16-1-686
Version: 2.6.16-4
Severity: important

The 2.6.16-1-686 headers package does not allow the build of a simple
third-party module, in this case "tp_smapi".

The failure mode is particularly mystifying: it is an apparently
"successful" accomplishment of nothing at all:

   $ make
   make -C /lib/modules/2.6.16-1-686/build M=/stuff/tp/tp_smapi-0.17 modules
   make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.16-1-686'
     Building modules, stage 2.
   make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.16-1-686'

That's it.

I asked the maintainer of tp_smapi for help, and he reported that he could
not reproduce this failure on his (non-Debian) 2.6.16 kernel tree.  And of
course I built tp_smapi with the 2.6.15 header package, without problems.

PS: module-assistant still thinks that the 2.6.16-1-686 headers are
    "unconfigured"; this is not a problem for me but in case it's
    relevant I figured I should mention it.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.16-1-686
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US (charmap=ISO-8859-1)

Versions of packages linux-headers-2.6.16-1-686 depends on:
ii  linux-headers-2.6.16-1        2.6.16-4   Common header files for Linux kern

linux-headers-2.6.16-1-686 recommends no packages.

-- no debconf information

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