Re: [RFC] Split kexec-tools into two sub-packages kexec-tools and kdump-tools

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Hi Philipp,

On Thu, Jun 22, 2023 at 11:54:52AM +0200, Philipp Rudo wrote:
Hi Coiby,

On Mon, 19 Jun 2023 15:31:27 +0800
Coiby Xu <coxu@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


Now there is a growing user base to use the kexec reboot and it's
desirable to make the kexec-tools package more modular.

This patch splits current kexec-tools into two sub-packages kexec-tools
and kdump-tools. Now kexec-tools merely provides /usr/sbin/kexec and the
remaining features go into kdump-tools.

all in all I'm in favor for this change. But for me simply splitting
kexec-tools in a separate sub package is just a half-baked solution.
When you look at the current kexec-tools you see that it consists of
four different projects. There's upstream kexec-tools, makedumpfile and
eppic as well as our Fedora tooling. The 'clean' solution would be to
move each project into it's own package. Ideally each having it's own
repo which would allow us to move to a source-git based work flow.

Anyway, just my 2 ct's.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Yes, one potential benefit is we can
upgrade kexec-tools, makedumpfile and eppic alone if each package has
it's own repo. I haven't decided to do that is 1) currently only users
request the upstream kexec-tools to be split out and the remaining
things like makedumpfile are only for kdump; 2) I don't how much work I
need to create four standalone packages for example I don't what
procedure I need to go through to apply for a new package. Could you
list other known benefits of "moving to a source-git based workflow" so
we make a decision?

Best regards,
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