[Pkg-iscsi-maintainers] Bug#797860: [RFR] templates://open-iscsi/{open-iscsi.templates}

Christian Seiler christian at iwakd.de
Fri Sep 11 15:32:18 UTC 2015

Thanks for reviewing!

Just a comment:

Justin B Rye wrote:
> Christian PERRIER wrote:
>>  Template: open-iscsi/downgrade_and_break_system
>> @@ -51,7 +55,7 @@
>>  _Description: Do you really want to downgrade open-iscsi?
> Why not like the first?
>    _Description: Proceed with downgrading open-iscsi?
> (Though I really hope this isn't corporate systems policy!)
> I'm surprised it checks for this - I'm used to the idea that
> downgrades being unsupported (and purge-and-reinstall being the safe
> alternative) is just the general rule in Debian.  In fact I would
> assume anybody who tried downgrading something this crucial was 
> crazy,
> but it's nice that we're covering this scenario.

Well, techincally this notice is only shown for downgrades to version
2.0.873+git0.3b4b4500-9 or lower. There is no way this can work, the
system will be in a broken state afterwards, and without knowing
intricate details about the packaging, it's going to be really
difficult to recover from that. For other downgrades we currently don't
care (they won't break even remotely as badly as this one), and we plan
to remove the message again after Stretch is released.

> Meanwhile in the control file:
>> Description: High performance, transport independent iSCSI 
>> implementation
> This is upstream's description of the project as a whole, mostly
> focussing on its kernel side; it doesn't work very well as a summary
> of this package.  "Implementation" is one of those words (like
> "open-source" and "software") that's a waste of space in a synopsis -
> everything's an implementation of some idea or other.  Since all of
> this blurb is immediately repeated in the first line of the long
> description I would suggest trimming the synopsis right down to
> something that actually says what's in the package:
>   Description: iSCSI management tools

Actually, if we are changing the description of the package as well,
I'd rather be more specific:

  Description: iSCSI initiator tools

Because there are also iSCSI targets packaged in Debian (iscsitarget,
targetcli), and management seems to be too generic of a word.


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