> Ed Boraas wrote:
> > [snip]
> > Just as a note, I've added the development patches (for Linux 2.4.6 -
> > 2.4.10) to the package. After today's dinstall run, they'll be in sid.
> > I'm hoping this is the right move... Some people have complained about
> > of updates, and I can't say I totally blame them.
> If you mean lack of updates by SGI, I'll address that. Or perhaps you
> Debian updates? :)
Well, lack of Debian updates, which are in turn due to the fact that my
(former) policy was to package only the "release" patches.
> Depends on what you mean by updates... we release a patch within days of
> kernel point release, but our "official" releases are a bit few and far
> between. Perhaps it's just semantics - our "official" releases are run
> the wringer and get heavy testing, whereas the kernel patches don't,
> - however, despite the dire warnings, I generally do have a lot of
> the "snapshot" patches. In fact, Mandrake is essentially releasing our
> "snapshot" in their next distro - of course they tested it heavily, and it
> didn't fall down.
Well, that's good to know. That was the heart of the question -- I wasn't
sure to what degree the interim patches could be relied upon. I do
understand that "unofficial" just means "not run through the immense battery
of tests that the 'release' patches are" and not "just pulled at random out
of cvs", yet I did have some internal reluctance to package something
> So in short, adding our snapshot patches to Debian is probably a good
I'll carry on with this approach, then.
> > In the near future, I may drop the patches for the older kernels, if I
> > positive feedback on the development patches. This would have the added
> > benefit of deprecating the kernel-patch-xfs-core patch package, assuming
> > 1.0.1++ won't be using the two-patch model.
> Hm, that's something we'll have to talk about. I'm not sure the two-patch
> has any real benefits for the general public...
Well, do you have any ideas if 1.0.1++ will use split packages? I'll need to
plan my package upgrade strategy (moving from two packages to one is fairly
straight-forward, but splitting them back out again can be less simple).
Also, the source to linux 2.4.5 isn't available in the debian archives (at
time of writing, I believe we have 2.4.8 - 2.4.10 in the archive). Do any of
you have any opinion on whether the 2.4.5 patch should stay in by virtue of
its "official" status?