[Pkg-virtualbox-devel] Squeeze vs. Linux 2.6.38 + Virtualbox

Michael Meskes meskes at debian.org
Mon May 9 08:36:25 UTC 2011

> So I'm wondering what is the right way to go from here. Hence two
> questions.
> 1. Do you consider this build failure against a kernel that is not
>    part of Squeeze (although part of squeeze-backports) to be a bug
>    that is worth reporting to the Debian BTS... and worth pushing to
>    s-p-u? (Cherry-picking some patches from a newer 3.2.x upstream
>    release would be needed, it seems.)

You can report it for documentation reasons, personally I don't mind. However,
the solution you propose is not right IMO. There is no reason to push vbox into
s-p-u with fixes for a backports kernel. Instead I would prefer the current
vbox version being backported to squeeze as you suggest in here:

> 2. Current testing packages are trivial to backport for Squeeze, and
>    the backported -dkms package builds nicely against 2.6.38 headers.
>    On the other hand, I'm aware committing to maintain such backports
>    on the long run involves quite more work. Do you intend, as a team,
>    to maintain Virtualbox 4.x in squeeze-backports during the Squeeze
>    life-cycle?

In general yes, we did so for lenny, but I'm not sure when/if I find the time
doing this in the near future. To be honest it does not really involve that
much work.

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