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Old 11-17-2008, 07:10 AM
Bjørn Mork
 
Default Bug#505961: linux-2.6: Please add a proper description of the -xen- packages

Package: linux-2.6
Version: 2.6.26-10
Severity: minor

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Searching for available kernels on amd64 and i686 gives

bjorn@canardo:~$ apt-cache search linux-image-2.6.26|grep image
linux-image-2.6.26-1-amd64 - Linux 2.6.26 image on AMD64
linux-image-2.6.26-1-openvz-amd64 - Linux 2.6.26 image on AMD64, OpenVZ support
linux-image-2.6.26-1-vserver-amd64 - Linux 2.6.26 image on AMD64, Linux-VServer support
linux-image-2.6.26-1-xen-amd64 - Linux 2.6.26 image on AMD64

bjorn@obelix:/tmp$ apt-cache search linux-image-2.6.26|grep image
linux-image-2.6.26-1-486 - Linux 2.6.26 image on x86
linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 - Linux 2.6.26 image on PPro/Celeron/PII/PIII/P4
linux-image-2.6.26-1-686-bigmem - Linux 2.6.26 image on PPro/Celeron/PII/PIII/P4
linux-image-2.6.26-1-amd64 - Linux 2.6.26 image on AMD64
linux-image-2.6.26-1-openvz-686 - Linux 2.6.26 image on PPro/Celeron/PII/PIII/P4, OpenVZ support
linux-image-2.6.26-1-vserver-686 - Linux 2.6.26 image on PPro/Celeron/PII/PIII/P4, Linux-VServer support
linux-image-2.6.26-1-vserver-686-bigmem - Linux 2.6.26 image on PPro/Celeron/PII/PIII/P4, Linux-VServer support
linux-image-2.6.26-1-xen-686 - Linux 2.6.26 image on i686


There is absolutely nothing here indicating the difference between
linux-image-2.6.26-1-amd64 and linux-image-2.6.26-1-xen-amd64
or between linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 and linux-image-2.6.26-1-xen-686


Even worse, looking at the full description doesn't give any more clues:

bjorn@canardo:~$ apt-cache show linux-image-2.6.26-1-amd64
Package: linux-image-2.6.26-1-amd64
Priority: optional
Section: admin
Installed-Size: 80592
Maintainer: Debian Kernel Team <debian-kernel@lists.debian.org>
Architecture: amd64
Source: linux-2.6
Version: 2.6.26-10
Provides: linux-image, linux-image-2.6, linux-modules-2.6.26-1-amd64
Depends: module-init-tools, initramfs-tools (>= 0.55) | yaird (>= 0.0.13) | linux-initramfs-tool
Pre-Depends: debconf | debconf-2.0
Suggests: linux-doc-2.6.26, grub | lilo
Conflicts: initramfs-tools (<< 0.55), yaird (<< 0.0.13)
Filename: pool/main/l/linux-2.6/linux-image-2.6.26-1-amd64_2.6.26-10_amd64.deb
Size: 20890590
MD5sum: 57a7c479b688d8d001af9cfac2ebe0d4
SHA1: 005c0059bfff9dd7e44a939b3fc6c6e5c24409e0
SHA256: bca9497b3eb10a439ed5166fe5115a0acef9633c90ec560819 652af1cfe5639a
Description: Linux 2.6.26 image on AMD64
This package provides the binary image and pre-built loadable modules for
Linux kernel 2.6.26 on all 64bit single- and multiprocessor AMD and Intel
machines.
Tag: admin::kernel, implemented-in::c

bjorn@canardo:~$ apt-cache show linux-image-2.6.26-1-xen-amd64
Package: linux-image-2.6.26-1-xen-amd64
Priority: optional
Section: admin
Installed-Size: 1836
Maintainer: Debian Kernel Team <debian-kernel@lists.debian.org>
Architecture: amd64
Source: linux-2.6
Version: 2.6.26-10
Provides: linux-image, linux-image-2.6
Depends: linux-modules-2.6.26-1-xen-amd64 (= 2.6.26-10), initramfs-tools (>= 0.55)
Suggests: linux-doc-2.6.26, grub
Conflicts: initramfs-tools (<< 0.55)
Filename: pool/main/l/linux-2.6/linux-image-2.6.26-1-xen-amd64_2.6.26-10_amd64.deb
Size: 1795348
MD5sum: f2d4ac2aca85eb8f0d56022a80e83dba
SHA1: 6b3ef2b3565779f62a5bb16c572748ecbc670f58
SHA256: 1c5744fed9f97c24f6c20c3bd3768071143a1cf361d6f327f6 0c3a510c1e4d7e
Description: Linux 2.6.26 image on AMD64
This package provides the binary image for Linux kernel 2.6.26 on all
64bit single- and multiprocessor AMD and Intel machines.
Tag: admin::kernel, implemented-in::c



How is a novice user expected to guess which one of these to choose?
Could the description of the Xen images please be updated with somewhat
less generic descriptions?


Thanks,
Bjørn


- -- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
APT prefers testing
APT policy: (700, 'testing'), (650, 'stable'), (600, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

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Old 11-20-2008, 02:23 PM
Bastian Blank
 
Default Bug#505961: linux-2.6: Please add a proper description of the -xen- packages

On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 09:10:14AM +0100, Bjørn Mork wrote:
> Could the description of the Xen images please be updated with somewhat
> less generic descriptions?

It now reads:

| Description: Linux 2.6.26 image on i686, oldstyle Xen support
| This package provides the binary image for Linux kernel 2.6.26 on i686 and
| compatible machines.
| .
| This kernel runs on a Xen hypervisor. It supports both priviledged (dom0)
| and unpriviledged (domU) operation.

If you think about something else, please show it.

Bastian

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