Ubuntu autofs and module-init-tools contacts

Ian Kent raven at themaw.net
Tue Apr 14 15:25:08 UTC 2009

Scott James Remnant wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-04-08 at 15:24 +0800, Ian Kent wrote:
>> I'm constructing a list of maintainers to include in discussion about a
>> kernel change to the autofs and autofs4 kernel modules that I expect to
>> submit some time in the future. It has the potential to be fairly
>> disruptive and that is the point of trying to stimulate prior discussion
>> and awareness.
>> Your package web pages don't have individual maintainers for the above
>> packages. If you wish to be included in the discussion of this change
>> please advise me of an appropriate contact.
> I maintain our module-init-tools packages, however we try and limit our
> packages to only contain the upstream source code and no option
> overrides (which are better done inside the modules).

Thanks for the response.

Sure, but at this stage, I'm just trying to construct a list of people
that may be affected and Ubuntu didn't list people against packages so I
asked. In some cases, such as here this is a heads up in itself.

I'll also be contacting the module-init-tools upstream maintainer.

The change I'm planning on proposing is to remove the autofs kernel
module and rename the autofs4 module to autofs. This has implications
for older modprobe code in init scripts as a MODULE_ALIAS() can't do the
whole job and an alias will need to be added to the module-init-tools
configuration. Of course 2.6.31 (or more probably later) is probably a
long way away for many distributions, but raising awareness early can't
be a bad thing. Also, knowing who to contact (blame) is a good thing too.


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