On Sun, 2010-10-10 at 09:51 -0700, Russ Allbery wrote: > Hello, kernel folks. > > We (the NVIDIA packaging team) noticed a commit from the latest Debian > kernel packaging that said: > > Refresh ABI reference files > > Remove files for OpenVZ and Xen featuresets, where we are not > trying to keep the module ABI stable. > > (r16351) and weren't entirely sure what that meant. > > We maintain module builds for the NVIDIA kernel drivers (which are > non-free) using a build package that builds versions for the current > kernel, primarily for stable releases. Currently, we're building modules > for Xen and OpenVZ kernels as well as the regular kernels. > > Does this change mean that the module builds for Xen and OpenVZ kernels > may not continue working with later versions of those kernels because the > ABI might not be stable? Correct. We try hard to avoid ABI breakage after a freeze and in stable updates and we have so far succeeded with the 'standard' images, but we have given up on a stable ABI for the OpenVZ and Xen featuresets. Unfortunately we currently use a single ABI number across all image packages so there is no indication of when the ABI changes for them. > Or is this a more limited change that means > something more restrictive than that and isn't something we need to worry > about? > > I ask primarily because we want to be sure it makes sense to release > pre-built modules for Xen and OpenVZ kernels with squeeze. I don't think it does. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.
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