Bug 34071 - RFE: package config files with binaries
Summary: RFE: package config files with binaries
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Michael K. Johnson
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Keywords: FutureFeature
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-03-30 14:45 UTC by Gene Czarcinski
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:32 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-04-04 23:35:31 UTC

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Description Gene Czarcinski 2001-03-30 14:45:39 UTC
Yes, this is VMware related but may apply to other situations too.

When configuring VMware to run, I need to install the source and run {edit
Makefile to change EXTRAVERSION; make mrproper; make oldconfig; make dep}
to run the "vmware-config.pl" which then compiles its extensions if they do
not have precompiled versions for the running kernel.  This has to be done
with the config file for the running kernel.

To work properly, I need to load the kernel src rpm and then copy the
proper config file (kernel-2.4.2-i686-smp.config in my situation) to
replace /usr/src/linux-2.4/arch/i386/defconfig.

While all of this works, it would be more convenient if the config file was
package with the respective binary.

Without the proper config and EXTRAVERSION values, nothing works.

Comment 1 Michael K. Johnson 2001-04-04 23:35:27 UTC
The kernel-sources rpm includes all the config files, and using them
to build is part of the documentation.

However, your suggestion has merit.  I'm going to think about it...

Comment 2 Gene Czarcinski 2001-04-05 05:00:25 UTC
What merit???  My mistake!  I did not realize that redhat already packages these
files as part of the kernel-source "binary" rpm in the
/usr/src/linux-2.4.2/configs directory ... or at least it sure looks like it is.

No RFE is necessary ... you already do what I am asking ... I just did not
realize it.  Perhaps some extra documentation would be nice but no changes.

I don't know if it always was this way but it sure is in the "current"

I am closing this.

Thanks,  Gene

Comment 3 Michael K. Johnson 2001-04-05 17:16:32 UTC
The merit was packaging config files with binaries; we package them
with the source.  I figured I would think about shipping config files
in the binary package as well so that people compiling their own kernels
without installing our kernel-source package could see what our starting
point was.  It's not terribly important, but still worth thinking about.

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