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Re: [Qemu-devel] [RfC PATCH 0/3] edk2: add efi firmware builds

From: Gerd Hoffmann
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [RfC PATCH 0/3] edk2: add efi firmware builds
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:07:34 +0100


> Should we think about our policy for distributing & shipping ROMS
> more generally ?  Most distros will actively strip out the ROMs that
> we ship in the QEMU tar.gz releases, and rebuild them from pristine
> source in order to ensure they're fully complying with licensing
> requirements wrt "full & corresponding source".

Or they don't even use the bundled rom sources and build from upstream
tarball instead.

> So should we consider actually shipping 2 tar.gz files for QEMU
> releases. One minimal qemu-x.y.z.tar.gz that only contains pristine
> QEMU source with no pre-built artifacts, and a second qemu-full-x.y.z.tar.gz
> that contains the QEMU source, plus an arbitrary number of pre-built
> blobs.

Makes sense.

> In terms of GIT, we could likewise make the binary ROMS live in
> a submodule, so we don't bloat the main GIT repo, but I don't
> think that's so critical

Adding some submodule (roms/prebuilt?) would also make the management

Basically the full tarball would be qemu plus submodules, and the
minimal tarball would be qemu without submodules.  You can simply use
"git archive" to create the later, which is a bit problematic today as
the tarball will include blobs without sources.


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