[Pkg-xen-devel] propossed 3.1 changes

Jeremy T. Bouse jbouse at debian.org
Wed Aug 1 12:08:54 UTC 2007

Bastian Blank wrote:
> Hi folks
> I propose the following changes for 3.1:
> - Rename source to xen-3. Upstream stripped one part of the version, so
>   the next should be 3.2.
> - pygrub as extra package.
> - Rename i386 to i386-nonpae
> - Rename i386-pae to i386. PAE is upstream default now and pae images
>   works with a 64bit hypervisor.
    I think these are all good ideas.  I don't think we need to keep
separate minor versions so going with a xen-<major ver num> packaging
name would make sense. As PAE is default it further makes sense to make
it the default i386 package and have non-PAE separate.
> We should think about supporting libvirt. It provides an AFAIK stable
> interface on the unstable libxen interfaces. Maybe something like the
> following will work:
> - Add libxen-X.
> - Build a libvirt against each of them.
> - Set the directory with this lib in /etc/ld.so.conf.d/xen-common if xen
>   is running.
> Or we drop the support to have more than one sort of utils installed.
> Bastian
    From my experience libvirt has appeared stable and I've been
examining Fedora's Xen implementation and utilities that use it. Using
the ld.so.conf.d dir structure will allow us to support different
implementations if any come along so it is a wise forward-thinking decision.

    Beyond that I know I've been absent a lot lately and hoping to start
working to remedy that. Cross-country move and now trying to finish
buying our first house and move into it while on my 3rd new job in 1
year. As soon as I get my devel workstation back online I'll be getting
everything updated and see where I can concentrate on helping to get
back up to speed.


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