[arch-dev-public] The future of heimdal and nfs-utils

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Wed Mar 23 02:41:10 EDT 2011

On 23/03/11 03:03, Stéphane Gaudreault wrote:
> Le 19 mars 2011 09:17:42, Allan McRae a écrit :
>> On 19/03/11 22:49, Tobias Powalowski wrote:
>>> Hi guys,
>>> The reason for not updating nfs-utils in [core] is the fact that,
>>> nfs-utils and heimdal patches don't work together anymore.
>>> I don't use this feature at all.
>>> Other distributions don't use heimdal as kerberos implementation,
>>> so no luck to find any help there.
>>> I asked diego from gentoo who did some work on gentoo and nfs stuff,
>>> but he is busy since ages, but agrees that the whole thing is in a real
>>> bad state.
>>> What to do?
>>> Shall we drop the heimdal implementation on nfs?
>>> Go away from heimdal and use an other kerberos implementation?
>>> As I said before I don't use this features at all.
>>> Thanks for your help.
>> Just as an FYI here, I used to maintain heimdal just because no-one else
>> was.  Also, I never updated to heimdal-1.4 as it was a bit of a broken
>> release and I did not want to pull so many patches from their git.
>> Heimdal 1.5pre1 has been tagged, so I guess the 1.5 release will not be
>> too far away.
>> Anyway, I really do not use heimdal so it would be good if someone else
>> wants to take over its maintenance (it is already orphaned...) or even
>> switch it completely for MIT kerberos (which probably a good idea given
>> that is what many other distros use).
>> Allan
> +1 to replace heimdal by MIT kerberos.
> I could take care of the krb5 package unless someone else that use it more
> than me want to do it.

Switching to MIT kerberos sounds even better when someone is going to 
maintain it!

@Tobias: would that solve your issues?

@All: is there anyone who would object to or has concerns about such a 
move?  I guess it would be a reasonable size rebuild so it would be best 
to tackle this once [staging] is quite clear and GNOME 3 is done.


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