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Re: Maintaining a custom out-of-tree patched Debian kernel for specific hardware




Dear Ian,

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 02:32:21PM +0000, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Kumar Appaiah writes ("Maintaining a custom out-of-tree patched Debian kernel for specific hardware"):
> ...
> > 4. Users will be made aware of the fact that this is Debian with a
> > custom kernel without ambiguity.
> > 
> > Now, whenever there is a kernel update in Debian, our team will fetch
> > the source of the updated kernel, patch, rebuild and make it available
> > in our repository.
> > 
> > Please let me know if the proposed solution is good, else I am open to
> > suggestions.
> 
> Thank you for asking and for paying attention to the needs of your
> users.
> 
> This seems like a good approach to me.
> 
> One thing you don't explicitly say is how you will distribute the
> source code for your custom kernel.  It's sort of left implicit in
> your email.  You absolutely must make available the source code.
> (Reading your mail I think you probably know this but I wanted to make
> it explicit.)
> 
> Best would be to provide both (i) a Debian-format source package (.dsc
> et al) in your apt repository, so apt-source works and (ii) your
> version control branch (git branch) on some git server.  Mention both
> of these in some README that gets installed with the kernel.

My current plan is to provide the source package in the same
repository in which I will distribute the binary packages. I will also
add a link to a repository where I manage these changes. The Readme
will be clear about this.

One question I have is, if I plan to just track the
linux-source-x.xx.xx package, should I import that source into my Git
tree, or just maintain the patches?

Thanks.

Kumar
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