[LinuxBIOS] LinuxBIOS Debian package.

Uwe Hermann uwe at hermann-uwe.de
Mon Jul 24 19:51:16 CEST 2006


On Mon, Jul 24, 2006 at 06:28:53PM +0200, Peter Stuge wrote:
> > linuxbios - metapackage which draws in all/most other packages
> This strikes me as a bad idea since users may get the impression that
> apt-get install linuxbios would be all that is required to change

Ok, maybe another, clearer name. But installing the package should not
actively _do_ anything, it should merely provide the required tools.

> While that would be very nice at some point I think we may not
> be there quite yet. Ideally we should be able to programmatically
> identify which mainboard a system is running on. Is this possible?
> A fuctury BIOS checksum -> LB target whitelist perhaps?

That might be nice, but I bet it's pretty hard to achieve...

Anyways, I do not want the package to (automatically) flash the BIOS or
similar things - that would surely result in distaster...

> > linuxbios-doc - documentation
> Maybe more than one doc package since there are a few different kinds
> of docs. I'm not familiar with debian package conventions so I don't
> know what would be best.

One -doc package should suffice. It can contain various types of
documentation, that's no problem.

> > linuxbios-utils - standalone utilities, e.g. romcc, flashrom, ...
> This makes sense, but ideally I think each util should be a separate
> package. Again I don't know how well that fits into debian package
> convetion.

It'll be several packages already and one for every executable is
overkill, IMHO. All utilities from the linuxbios source should be
in linuxbios-utils, external utils (lxbios, etc.) can go in extra

> > Maybe also something like linuxbios-src which contains the rest,
> > and which can be used to compile images(?)
> There are no real LB relases yet. Versioning would be done based on
> snapshot date or svn revision.

Hm, will this change anytime soon? I _could_ base the package on svn
checkouts, but basing it on released tarballs would be nicer.

Cheers, Uwe.
Uwe Hermann 
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