[RFC] The future of iscsitarget

Chuck Short chuck.short at canonical.com
Thu May 19 14:56:28 UTC 2011

On Thu, 19 May 2011 16:43:51 +0200
Stefan Bader <stefan.bader at canonical.com> wrote:

> We currently carry iscsitarget as one of our ubuntu specific modules.
> Due to the compile breaking for Oneiric, I was looking into this. I
> found that, at least starting with Maverick, there is a source
> package iscsitarget which also produces a dkms module. The code of
> both is nearly identical, but have already diverged due to fixups
> done to the kernel side while the dkms version just stayed at the
> last upstream version.
> First question would be whether we really need iscsitarget at all as
> there is an in kernel scsi target framework[1]. The answer may be
> yes, because people (still) use it.
> But then it is not very efficient to provide the kernel module in the
> kernel itself and a dkms package. I would tend to say it should be
> removed from the kernel tree and only be provided by dkms as then all
> the code from the iscsitarget project is in one package, the module
> should not be important during installation as it only allows to use
> the host as a target and when fixing the dkms build in the
> iscsitarget package, the changes maybe flow back via debian to the
> original project (though it looked a bit like there has been no
> activity/changes since end of last year).
> What would be other peoples thoughts on this?
> -Stefan
> [1] http://lwn.net/Articles/424004/

Hi Stefan,

I think we should drop iscsitarget since I believe tgt has been
promoted to main in place of iscsitarget.


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