[arch-general] [arch-dev-public] DKMS modules for virtualbox

Eli Schwartz eschwartz93 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 15:22:58 UTC 2016

On 03/09/2016 06:55 AM, Joakim Hernberg wrote:
> We could stop splitting kernel headers out of the kernel package?

We could require the majority of users, who don't use dkms or perhaps
don't even use any additional kernel modules at all (binary OR dkms), to
install a kernel package that grew from 70 MB to 100 MB???

No. Absolutely no. That is just insane, why do you think they were ever
split in the first place?
That would be a far, far, far more unpopular move (with pretty much
everyone) than a relatively minor issue with the subset of Arch
virtualbox users.

People using dkms will just need to learn to install the headers manually.
If people don't realize they need kernel headers, that is an argument to
not push dkms vs. binary on unsuspecting users. Or to have a mandatory
dependency on a kernel-headers package. I suspect *both* of these will

Eli Schwartz

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