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Bug#494472: closed by Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@golden-gryphon.com> (Debian polisy is not a HOWTO document)

Harald Dunkel <harald.dunkel@t-online.de> writes:

> I am not asking for a howto, but for a packaging policy for kernel
> source modules. Similar to the Emacs, Java, Perl and Python policies to
> be found on http://www.debian.org/devel/.
> AFAICS there are >50 packages depending upon module-assistant, not
> looking at the kernel-package package. Some common guidelines for the
> Makefile called by m-a or kernel-package would be helpful, e.g. how to
> make sure that a kernel module can be built "cross-version", etc.

I agree that this would be useful but I'm not sure the bug queue for
debian-policy is the place to track it.  Realistically, the Debian Policy
team is unlikely to write such a document from scratch, so having the bug
open against Policy doesn't reach someone who's going to be able to do
something about it.

Usually the way that sub-policies are developed is that the relevant team
writes the initial policy document and then opens a bug against
debian-policy for review and incorporation.  In this case, either
module-assistant or kernel-package is probably the right place to write
and develop the initial sub-policy, since those are the tools who are
attempting to agree on a set of conventions for debian/rules, with input
from the kernel team.

I'm afraid that if the bug is left open against Policy, it will just
linger here.  I think you'd have a better chance at having this resolved
with a bug open against module-assistant or kernel-package.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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