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Re: Effectively force all GNOME users to locally compile ZFS?

From: Mark H Weaver
Subject: Re: Effectively force all GNOME users to locally compile ZFS?
Date: Mon, 05 Jul 2021 13:59:07 -0400


Giovanni Biscuolo <> writes:

> Mark H Weaver <> writes:
>> Tobias Geerinckx-Rice <> writes:
>>> Maxime Devos 写道:
>>>> Perhaps the "zfs" package can be split in an userspace package
>>>> (containing userspace binaries and libraries) and a kernelspace
>>>> component (containing the kernel module)? And let the kernelspace
>>>> component be unsubstitutable and the userspace component
>>>> substitutable?
>>> That's a very good idea if possible.
>> I agree that this would be a fine solution.
> AFAIK the licensing problem is just for the kernel modules binaries
> (re)distribution, (obviously) not for the userspace binaries, so AFAIU
> this would be a fine solution.

Sorry, I spoke too soon above.  It seems that there is a problem with
including CDDL-licensed ZFS code on the userspace side.  'virt-manager'
is distributed under GPLv2+ and links with 'libvirt'.

> Meanwhile, what do you think about a temporary revert of commit
> 61ccd756e5ff73b2f8dc3449df537f1c5adb5872 to avoid causing GNOME users
> ZFS compilation upon update (if I correctly understand the issue)?

Agreed, both for the reason you mentioned and also to avoid violating
the GPL when we distribute 'virt-manager'.


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