[Bug 260998] Re: Please backport Xen 3.3 from Intrepid

Michael Casadevall sonicmctails at gmail.com
Fri Aug 29 04:15:38 BST 2008

Xen requires a special kernel to support booting. While these kernels
are built from the intrepid source package, it creates difficulties in
testing backports and such since not only are you adding the hypervisor,
but an updated kernel to match the changes made by xen in the kernel

Backports are supposed to be relatively non-disruptive. By introducing a
Xen kernel update through backports, you encounter issues which may only
happen on specific hardware, as well as issues which may occur while the
computer is booting and so forth. This undermines the philosophyof

Looking at backports.org, it appears they only backported the hypervisor
and not the kernel. This may be an acceptable solution, but I have no
means which to test Xen dom0 support, nor do I think backporting the
hypervisor alone given the possibility of bugs due to the old dom0
kernels in hardy and the newer hypervisors. I'm leaving this WONTFIX,
but any other backports developer should reopen this if they feel they
disagree with me.

Please backport Xen 3.3 from Intrepid
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