Talk:Features/Dracut

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Beg your pardon: The sf.net project of Dracut contains a single developer (Harald). Not exactly "cross distribution community", isn't it? So what's the value in dropping nash/mkinitrd?

- Going through git just in the last few days I see commits from David Dillow (no idea), Harald Hoyer (Fedora), Warren Togami (Fedora), Peter Jones (Fedora), Seewer Philippe (No idea either) and Victor Lowther (no idea) . Dracut is very active and has multiple developers. Looking at the mailing list I see posts by Kay Sievers (openSUSE). I would stay they are doing a good effort building a vibrant community and a project that has potential for buy in from multiple distributions.

Dependencies?

User:jlaska - nash and mkinitrd are tightly coupled with the installer, should this be listed as a dependency? What changes are needed in that space to accommodate dracut?

Additionally, there are a fair number of requirements on the mkinitrd package. Are changes required in any of the following packages that %require mkinitrd?

/bin/bash  
/bin/sh  
/sbin/insmod.static  
/sbin/losetup  
coreutils  
cpio  
device-mapper  
dhclient  
diffutils  
dmraid  
e2fsprogs >= 1.38-12
elfutils-libelf  
filesystem >= 2.1.0
fileutils  
findutils  
grep  
grubby = 6.0.86-2.fc11
gzip  
initscripts >= 8.63-1
isomd5sum  
kbd  
libselinux  
libsepol  
lvm2 >= 2.02.33-9
mdadm  
mktemp >= 1.5-5
mount  
nash = 6.0.86-2.fc11
plymouth >= 0.6.0-0.2008.09.10.1
rpmlib(CompressedFileNames) <= 3.0.4-1
rpmlib(FileDigests) <= 4.6.0-1
rpmlib(PayloadFilesHavePrefix) <= 4.0-1
tar  

Contingency plan?

User:jlaska - can you add more detail to the contingency plan around what steps would be expected if the sky fell and we need to roll-out the changes? Things I'm thinking are ...

  • Would we need to build, tag and package mkinird for dist-f12?
  • Revert any related anaconda changes?
  • Revert any additional changes to dependent packages?
  • Remove relevant release notes documentation?

How To Test?

User:jlaska - can you be more specific how someone can test this feature before and after the dracut package is included in rawhide? A good "how to test" should answer these four questions:

  1. What special hardware / data / etc. is needed (if any)?
  2. How do I prepare my system to test this feature? What packages need to be installed, config files edited, etc.?
  3. What specific actions do I perform to check that the feature is working like it's supposed to?
  4. What are the expected results of those actions?