[Pkg-zfsonlinux-devel] Current status?

Aron Xu happyaron.xu at gmail.com
Sun May 5 21:02:45 UTC 2013

On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 4:01 AM, Darik Horn <dajhorn at vanadac.com> wrote:
> On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 3:37 AM, Turbo Fredriksson <turbo at bayour.com> wrote:
>> Thanx, I got that from Aron. We've been having the
>> discussion in private :)
> This work should have been better publicized by Debian to ensure that
> all actual and potential GSoC candidates had equal levels of
> opportunity, access, and resourcing.

The replies are intended to be sent to the mailing list but
accidentally done in private, and I've confirmed that with Turbo that
I'm okay to public all my replies in the thread (soon you answered him
in this thread). I didn't get his confirmation so I can't publish his
email content. Essentially the information I have provided to him is:

1. Packaging work is still ongoing, and git's master is almost working
(needs trivial patching). Links to spl/zfs repositories are also
2. Short term goal is too provide decent support satisfying Debian's
criteria and help is always appreciated.
3. D-I supported is planned to be part of this year's GSoC, but no
matter the status of GSoC, the work will start once appropriate
support is published in experimental.
4. For installer, partman support of zfs is GPL licensed, and d-i
needs to gain the ability to create and use zfs.
5. No Debian package is published from this alioth project, but Darik
do provide those packages for Ubuntu and Debian.

Aren't these are information publicly available?

> Had I known that this work was intended for the Google Summer Of Code,
> I certainly would have invited more students to participate when I was
> doing code reviews and build testing for Carlos and Aron beginning in
> February.

I don't quite understand what do you mean. Starting from the very
first project idea get posted in Feb, this mailing list is in the
recipient. And of course you know this GSoC project long before
application deadline, you have plenty of time to advise students to
participate this project. It makes little sense saying as such when
it's finished.

>> My conclucion was that there's spl and zfs packages
>> (that for the naked eye looks just fine - haven't
>> actually tested them yet) and partman (which I thought
>> would be the most difficult part) also exists with
>> ZFS support (alb eight only for kfreebsd but that
>> should be reasonably easy to fix) so I'm unsure
>> what I can do to help...
> Right, but that means about half of the GSoC deliverables were already
> finished before the student application deadline, so things are ahead
> of schedule.

Could you elaborate why packaging is half of the deliverable? It's
clear that Debian's GSoC admins said packaging projects aren't
accepted at all this year. And we all know there is packages provided
by you, so it's a good base and makes packaging itself won't form a
GSoC. You have more or less ignored the later integration part, which
could be the most value-adding part of such a project.

Aron Xu

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