Bug 144340 - kernel packages - what should really be under 'build' ?
kernel packages - what should really be under 'build' ?
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Dave Jones
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2005-01-06 00:03 EST by Michal Jaegermann
Modified: 2015-01-04 17:14 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-05-24 21:13:40 EDT
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Description Michal Jaegermann 2005-01-06 00:03:57 EST
Description of problem:

I thought that after 'kernel-sourcecode' package was dropped
a content of /lib/modules/<whatever>/build/ was supposedly sufficient
for building external modules.  I already run into problems described
in bug #140421 but this was a common source code file which was

This time I tried to recompile zd1201 (ZyDAS) driver,
http://linux-lc100020.sourceforge.net.  This fails as that
source is using ieee802_11.h where a pile of constants is defined.
That header is present in drivers/net/wireless/ of a kernel
source code but not in build/drivers/net/wireless/ for the current
Fedora packages.  It turns out that every header which is not
below of build/include is missing.  I am afraid that kernels
sources are not laid out so neatly.

Yes, I can repackage, but assurances "you really do not need
full kernel sources" are misleading.
Comment 1 Orion Poplawski 2005-05-24 17:11:24 EDT
I'd like to second the inclusion of header files under the drivers/ tree.  I
need to build an external scsi module that uses the drivers/scsi/scsi*.h include
files.  I guess it would grow /lib/modules/<version>/build by 50% or 32MB.  

At the very least, these should be in the kernel-devel packages for FC4.
Comment 2 Dave Jones 2005-05-24 21:13:40 EDT
*nothing* should be using includes from drivers/scsi/scsi*.h any more.
Any driver which does, is broken.

As a rule, any external driver that needs a .h file that lives somewhere other
than include/ is a sign that the file needs to *be* in include/

The ieee80211 code is still evolving, so that too will eventually migrate to
Comment 3 Orion Poplawski 2005-05-25 13:29:20 EDT
Thanks for the kick is the pants.  Managed to change the driver to use the
include/ headers with much difficulty.  This will be a big help in building new
versions in the future.

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