[Pkg-virtualbox-devel] Auto-building out-of-tree kernel modules
ben at decadent.org.uk
Sat Oct 17 15:55:09 UTC 2009
Due to bug #517130, linux-modules-extra-2.6 must be removed.
linux-modules-nonfree-2.6 does not suffer the same licence compliance
issue, but it is extremely fragile since proprietary drivers are often
not updated for new kernel versions. The kernel team will shortly be
requesting its removal as well.
If you want to continue having modules auto-built, we recommend that you
consider integrating with DKMS. You can trigger a build on installation
or upgrade of the module source. The dkms package then automatically
rebuilds installed module sources when a new kernel version is
Why DKMS and not module-assistant? Your packages presumably already
work with m-a, but m-a doesn't automatically rebuild modules on upgrade.
Also, DKMS is supported by other distributions, so many out-of-tree
module sources already include the necessary configuration file.
It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
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