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From: Krzysztof Pawlik <nelchael@g.o>
Subject: Re: virtual/linux-sources-2.6
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 18:28:00 +0200
On 24/07/11 18:09, Stratos Psomadakis wrote:
> On 07/24/2011 06:20 PM, Ulrich Mueller wrote:
>> Currently version 3.0 is only available with vanilla-sources and
>> gentoo-sources. Therefore the problem is that virtual/linux-sources-3
>> would pull in one of these even for users of other *-sources (e.g.
>> hardened).
>> On the other hand, allowing versions 3.* as dependency of
>> virtual/linux-sources-2.6 might be confusing.
>> Therefore, my suggestion would be as follows:
>> 1. Temporarily change the dependency in virtual/linux-sources-2.6
>>    to >=2.6 in order to resolve the current issues with dependencies.
>> 2. Later, when most of *-sources are available in version 3.*, revert
>>    linux-sources-2.6 to the current dependency and create
>>    virtual/linux-sources-3. (I think the version should be just 3 and
>>    not 3.0, unless you want a virtual for 3.0, 3.1, etc.)
>> Or, a completely different approach: Drop the versioning of the
>> virtual altogether and have only virtual/linux-sources-0. (This might
>> cause some minor problems for users of 2.4 profiles, but I'd guess
>> that the remaining users are experienced enough to handle that.)
> Having separate versions for 2.6 and 3.0 doesn't make much sense. The
> are no 'incompatibilities' or major changes between 2.6 and 3 to justify
> a separate version/ebuild (unlike the 2.4 -> 2.6 transition). The only
> change is the version digits.
> I'd prefer the second solution. Could you be more specific about the
> problems that users of 2.4 profiles could encounter by that change?

Take a look at this:

.../portage/profiles$ grep -Hr virtual/linux-sources * | grep -v ChangeLog
use.local.desc:virtual/linux-sources:xrc - Add support for infiniband xrc

Note the dependency that forces users of some profiles to have linux-sources-2.4
installed. If we go with unversioned (or to be precise: version 0) virtual those
would match any kernel, not only 2.4.x.

Krzysztof Pawlik  <nelchael at>  key id: 0xF6A80E46
desktop-misc, java, vim, kernel, python, apache...

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