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Re: Possible support for openvz also in the next version of stable

I thought we had declared both OpenVZ and VServer as deprecated in
squeeze, but I misremembered - in fact only VServer was deprecated.
Therefore I think we need to make a decision regarding OpenVZ in wheezy,
fairly soon; then, if we do not reinstate it, we must announce that

If OpenVZ is to be included in wheezy, the OpenVZ project and some
Debian developer must be prepared to support it on a baseline of 3.2.y
until the end of 2015 (and also support 2.6.32.y until the end of 2013).
If you cannot do this then it may be that you can serve Debian users
better by providing your own APT repository and kernel packages.  The
Debian kernel team can probably provide you some help with setting that

The current status of OpenVZ support for 2.6.32.y is that the git
repository (git://git.openvz.org/pub/linux-2.6.32-openvz) has not been
updated for 10 months.  The longterm updates and
included major cfq and scheduler changes that conflicted with OpenVZ;
these have had to be reverted for Debian's OpenVZ flavour.  All we have
had in that time is, I think, 5 bugfix patches.


On Tue, 2011-11-01 at 23:07 +0000, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 01, 2011 at 09:16:48PM +0100, Ola Lundqvist wrote:
> > Hi kernel maintainers
> > 
> > I'm the maintainer of vzctl and vzquota in Debian and would like to bring
> > openvz kernel support up for discussion. I saw that a few of the openvz bugs
> > on the kernel have been closed with the reason that it is no longer supported
> > in wheezy. This is fully true and I do not object to the close of the reports.
> > 
> > What I would like to bring up for discussion is what would be required from
> > the openvz project to get back the support for openvz in the Debian kernel
> > again for the next stable release.
> [...]
> As a necessary (but not sufficient) condition, you and the OpenVZ
> project would have to support OpenVZ in the *current* Debian stable
> release.  The last release based on 2.6.32.y was made in March.  For
> our OpenVZ kernel configurations we had to revert all the scheduler
> fixes made in due to conflicts which we obviously do not
> have the necessary knowledge to resolve.
> It seems to me that the OpenVZ project does not support longterm
> releases other than RHEL.  That's fine by me, just so long as no-one
> pretends otherwise.
> And all the above was previously discussed in
> <http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.debian.devel.kernel/71880/focus=71908>.
> Ben.

Ben Hutchings
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