Guus Sliepen wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:31:43AM +0000, Guy Coates wrote:
>> * Package name : libibumad
>> Version : 1.2.3
>> Upstream Author : Voltaire, Inc.
>> * URL : http://www.openfabrics.org
> I do not see a libibumad tarball there, I did find OFED-1.4.tgz which
> contained a SRPM for it... if this is the only way upstream distributes
> these libraries, please suggest to them that it is better if they publish
> normal tarballs.
Hmm, that is the difficult part. There are individual packages and there is
OFED. OFED is a collection of many packages, mostly not the recent version,
but a more tested stable version. E.g. IB management packages can be found
I already wondered all the time, which would be better for Debian, the
packages from OFED or the individual packages. IHMO, extracting all the
srpms is a pain...
>> Description : OpenFabrics Alliance InfiniBand umad (user MAD)
>> libibumad provides the user MAD library functions which sit on top of
>> the user MAD modules in the kernel. These are used by the IB diagnostic
>> and management tools, including OpenSM.
> I have absolutely no clue what this does, except that it has something to
> with InfiniBand. What is MAD? What is OpenSM? What functionality does
> this library provide? Also drop "OpenFabrics Alliance" from the short
> description. If you want to mention it, do it in the long description.
The problem is, there is nowhere a real description of what all these IB
libraries are actually doing. MAD = management datagram. As far as I
understand it, you need this library to send IB management packages from
OpenSM = open subnet manager. Each IB network needs at least one running
subnet manager, which controls the routing between ports. From the man page
opensm provides an implementation of an InfiniBand Subnet Manager and
Administration. Such a software entity is required to run for
in order to initialize the InfiniBand hardware (at least one per each
Guy, it is a bit a pity, since you did all the work again, we already had
done at q-leap
IMHO all these IB packages are too many for one
maintainer, what do you think to make an alioth for these?
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