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From: Joshua Kinard <kumba@g.o>
To: Gentoo-dev <gentoo-dev@l.g.o>
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Keeping net-fs/ncpfs and net-misc/ipx-utils around?
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:19:15
1 Throwing a question out there on whether to keep both the net-fs/ncpfs and
2 net-misc/ipx-utils packages around any longer. Kernel upstream removed both
3 the IPX (Internetwork Packet eXchange) protocol and NCPFS (NetWare Core
4 Protocol Filesystem) support back in ~4.18 due to lack of maintenance. I
5 know the code in both generally worked fine back then, as I have a few
6 NetWare VMs that I was able to mount filesystems from in Linux, even on my
7 MIPS hardware.
9 However, it is effectively a dead protocol and dead filesystem for a dead
10 operating system (NetWare). I don't see anyone resurrecting IPX/NCPFS and
11 updating to get it re-included it in the kernel, either. I was tempted once
12 to try, but I just don't have the time anymore.
14 I think we're one of the last distros to even keep IPX/NCPFS-related
15 packages around long-term. With no viable upstream for ncpfs anymore, and
16 with no kernel support in Linux (or even FreeBSD; they deprecated IPX in
17 ~10.0-RELEASE), I think it's time to remove this package and any related
18 packages.
20 One catch is, sys-kernel/gentoo-sources still keeps 4.4, 4.9, and 4.14
21 stable kernel series around. These can still technically use IPX/NCPFS, and
22 therefore, there might be users using it.
24 A quick poll of the portage tree suggests these changes are needed:
26 Delete USE flag reference:
27 net-analyzer/hydra
28 profiles/use.local.desc (remove hydra's local 'ncp' entry)
30 Remove ebuilds:
31 net-fs/ncpfs
32 net-misc/ipx-utils
34 Remove filesystem reference?:
35 sys-apps/mlocate/files/updatedb.conf
37 Remove reference to 'ipx-utils':
38 profiles/license_groups
41 Thoughts?
43 --
44 Joshua Kinard
45 Gentoo/MIPS
46 kumba@g.o
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