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

Tobias Powalowski t.powa at gmx.de
Wed Mar 23 06:44:04 EDT 2011

Am Mittwoch 23 März 2011 schrieb Allan McRae:
> 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.
> Allan
I think that will solve at least nfs-utils issue. It's always better to use a 
solution that use more distros, that makes it easier to find fixes.


Tobias Powalowski
Archlinux Developer & Package Maintainer (tpowa)
tpowa at archlinux.org
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