Xserver driver merging pros & cons
thierry.vignaud at gmail.com
Sat Sep 17 05:10:59 PDT 2011
2011/9/15 Arkadiusz Miśkiewicz <arekm at maven.pl>:
> From distro package maintainer point of view I _love_ split drivers. It's so
> much easier to packages these, rebuild when needed (one faulty, not building,
> driver doesn't stop whole build process), easier to patch and backport fixes.
As a mandriva/mageia packager, I concur.
Packaging/maintainer X11 is so much easier since it's been modularized.
> Monolitic thing causes one build problem to stop building the whole thing.
> Also with monolitic you need to find out which files are for which package (in
> case if you want to split that into subpackages on rpm spec level for
Indeed in the old days, the 45mb tarballs were painful to maintain (on
the distro side)
what's more some distro will be stuck with some older x11-server due
globs not always being updated fast for new server ABIS whereas at the same
time they would love to have the latest ATI/nouveau/intel drivers to support
the latest HW.
OK we shouldn't care but the reality is that it does matter for part
of our end users :-(
Of coure, the remerging is limited but I would still favor releasing the server
and the drivers separately
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