[arch-dev-public] kernel headers in a separate package

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Mon Mar 8 11:09:04 CET 2010

On 08/03/10 19:56, James Rayner wrote:
> Apparently it's taken me 2 months to notice this because I've been
> building my own kernel, but I'll ask anyway... The kernel headers
> required to build kernel modules have been put in a separate package
> "kernel26-headers". We don't separate dev headers for anything else -
> why is this different?

 From memory...  the size of the headers warranted the splitting.  It 
also cleaned up the PKGBUILD a lot and made it clear the entire source 
was not shipped.

> Second, linux-api-headers used to be called "kernel-headers" and now
> there's easily 100 posts on the forum that say "the headers don't need
> to match the kernel" - which are all now completely incorrect.

That was part of the reason for renaming them.  And that 
kernel26-headers and kernel-headers was too similar.  But given that 
kernel26-headers will always have the same package version as the 
kernel26 package, this advise should not be needed anymore.


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