Kernel package and modules

Andy Green andy at
Mon Aug 4 11:10:51 CEST 2008

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Somebody in the thread at some point said:
| On Mon, 04 Aug 2008 09:43:56 +0100
| Andy Green <andy at> wrote:
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|> Somebody in the thread at some point said:
|> | |> I would like to propose we radically simplify how we deal with
|> | |> modules, simply by pushing all the ones we create into the main
|> | |> kernel package. This has one disadvantage, size on storage, but
|> | |> What do the folks who handle this packaging think about this
|> proposal? | |>
|> | | Or we could just RRECOMEND kernel-modules which will drag in all
|> | | modules. See we are ahead.
|> |
|> | What is "kernel-modules" then, a metapackage for all modules?
|> |
|> | I can't "see we are ahead" if nobody tells me what is happening.
|> Assuming this is so, why do we generate a bazillion pointless module
|> packages still if having the kernel package brings 'em all in anyway,
|> and they will ALL be regenerated at each kernel package uplevel?
|> How is that "ahead" of just making a single kernel package that has
|> the modules in too?
| I guess the GTA01 is forgotten already.
| Ive already got people asking me if we have actually just forgotten the
| device ever existed at all. That device doesn't have the ton of flash we
| have now.
| So if we continue to keep insisting we have plenty of flash we will
| have to announce to community that GTA01 support is ended.

Graeme, why does "RECOMMEND kernel-modules which will drag in all the
modules" not have the same impact on storage for GTA01 as simply
including all the modules in the one kernel package?

Did we only do this for GTA02 packages?  We moved Ethernet-over-USB to a
module on GTA01 as well.  Why are we talking about GTA01 storage
capacity as a reason to not move to a single kernel package with all
modules in when you say what you have done will "drag in all the modules".

It seems either I am missing your point (quite possible, no idea why
RECOMMEND and not REQUIRES) or we should drop the bazillion module
packages and put them in the one kernel package.

- -Andy
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