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Re: woody->sarge upgrades on mips: glibc vs. kernel

On Sat, Sep 04, 2004 at 12:19:35PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> Looking more closely at the mips Package file, I see that you're right
> -- these kernel image packages don't have the versioned dependency on
> modutils that others do.  But I don't understand how this can be the
> case; on other architectures, this dependency is essential because old
> versions of modutils cannot handle modules from newer kernels.  Are the
> kernel-images provided for mips and mipsel in sid entirely monolithic?
No they aren't, although they maybe are less modularized than on other
archs, e.g. IP22 has SGISEEQ (built in ethernet on that subarch) built
in - anything else would make no sense. So most users *might* be able to
upgrade without updating modutilus first anyway [1].

What exactly are the problems with modutils? It might be far easier to
provide a modutils backport for woody than new kernel packages (2.4.27)
that can work with woody's modutils.

> If not, have they been tested with the modutils from woody?
At least 2.4.22 works with the modutils from woody (haven't checked a
newer version yet). This might be an alternative upgrade path, since
this version works with the glibc in sarge too.
 -- Guido

[1] other things like ppp are modularized, so we need an update strategy

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