biosdevname package in Universe is severely downlevel

Dimitri John Ledkov xnox at
Wed Apr 24 20:17:54 UTC 2019

On Wed, 24 Apr 2019 at 20:47, Jeffrey Lane <jeffrey.lane at> wrote:
> Hi.  I've been in touch with Mellanox who had filed this bug [1]
> against the biosdevname[2] package in Universe.  Somehow, this package
> ended up in Universe, with someone named Rudy Gevaert
> <Rudy.Gevaert at> listed as the Original Maintainer and Ubuntu
> Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss at> as the package
> maintainer.
> This package is SORELY out of date and has not been updated since the
> 4.0-1 version was introduced in Ubuntu.  There have been several
> updates since then as shown at the Dell host site[3] while the Ubuntu
> package has languished.  The net effect of this is that this package
> in Ubuntu is broken on pretty much all modern mellanox NICs (CX4,
> CX5).
> What can we do to get this updated in Eoan and then backported into Bionic?

Imho it should be removed from the archive, and not be made available at all.

Why is biosdevname installed or used at all? Does udev not provide
stable names as it is already? And if not can it be fixed there or

(i know that some of the stable name ids are not available in stock
udevd, but i believe the solution there was to start maintaining out
of systemd tree udev util to give out persistent names)

A demotion of a package from main to universe, does indicate that it's
no longer used by default nor recommended for usage by default.
Especially something that renames interfaces unlike any other Linux
distribution out there.

> Cheers
> Jeff
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
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