testing kernels (was Re: Bug#390616: linux-image-2.6.18: Enable ATA-Security for Sid kernels)
On 2006-10-05, Sven Luther wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 05, 2006 at 07:56:04PM +0200, maximilian attems wrote:
>> that is _not_ massive testing.
>> massive testing would be to have an debian-installer rc,
>> with the specific option turned on. for that it is to late
>> as the next d-i won't use 2.6.18.
> Which is an error, since we plan to release with a 2.6.18 kernel, and doing an
> d-i rc round with a kernel we won't release with is pure waste of time.
What about making tesing kernels without setting module version ?
Maybe this sounds stupid, but hey! Need mode testers with
"always with modules" kernel ? Then, why not to try module from newer
kernel first ? User doen't need any huge work and downloading. You
ship new (f.e. new driver) module,
* user adds it in /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
* save old and update-initramfs -u,
* do what ever need for bootloader,
and system is ready for test-boot. Drivers are first candidates,
hardware problems are very common, rather than
build/regression/kernel-subsystems problems. Last is for lkml testers.
I think upstream testing -mm tree will fail, they are using patches,
because there are really huge changes in ABI, but stable (well, "stable")
kernel usually OK.