Bug 17198 - mageia dkms version is too old
Summary: mageia dkms version is too old
Alias: None
Product: Mageia
Classification: Unclassified
Component: RPM Packages (show other bugs)
Version: Cauldron
Hardware: All Linux
Priority: Normal enhancement
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Neal Gompa
QA Contact:
Depends on:
Blocks: 19779
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Reported: 2015-11-21 21:19 CET by Vincent Pisciotta
Modified: 2023-12-14 21:21 CET (History)
5 users (show)

See Also:
Source RPM: dkms
Status comment:


Description Vincent Pisciotta 2015-11-21 21:19:46 CET
Description of problem:

many src packages that provide RPM build options that rely on dkms for kernel modules fail to build packages useable by mageia 

dkms 2.0.19 required minimum >

How reproducible: Always

Example Software zfsonlinux

Steps to Reproduce:
1. download spl or zfs tarball from zfsonlinux
2. unpack tarball
3. ./configure --with-spec=generic
4. copy src tarball to /root/rpmbuild/SOURCES/
5. rpmbuild -bb rpm/generic/spl.spec
6. rpm -ivh /root/rpmbuild/RPMS/noarch/spl-dkms-

Result: error: Failed dependencies:
        dkms >= is needed by spl-dkms-

This situation will just get worse as time goes on. I love all the work the mageia team do and would "like" to have plasma5, but I'd rather have an uptodate dkms system.


Steps to Reproduce:
Comment 1 Thomas Backlund 2015-11-21 23:09:14 CET
actually most of the changes between 2.0.19 and are cosmetic or distro specific...

just fix your spec to not require a specific dkms version...

We will get to it if/when we see the real need for it as our dkms is heavily customized for mandriva/mageia... so it takes some time to review all of it and rebase... and we have more important stuff to fix before

CC: (none) => tmb

Samuel Verschelde 2016-02-23 14:56:20 CET

Severity: normal => enhancement

Samuel Verschelde 2016-10-31 15:12:06 CET

Assignee: bugsquad => kernel

Comment 2 Rémi Verschelde 2016-10-31 15:21:50 CET
Current upstream version is 2.3 (released on Aug 2016, 5 years after [2011] and thus 8 years after 2.0.19 [2008]): https://github.com/dell/dkms/releases

Couldn't find a human-readable changelog / release notes though. There's of course https://github.com/dell/dkms/commits/master
Comment 3 Rémi Verschelde 2016-10-31 15:23:45 CET
And indeed reviewing/rediffing all our patches would likely be quite some work: http://svnweb.mageia.org/packages/cauldron/dkms/current/SPECS/dkms.spec?view=markup

When someone gets to it, there should likely also be some attempts done to get some of the patches upstreamed if relevant.
Comment 4 Nicolas Lécureuil 2016-11-01 16:44:42 CET
the work could be done in a branch in the svn  the time it works.

CC: (none) => mageia

Comment 5 Neal Gompa 2016-11-14 15:51:36 CET
I'll take a crack at it...

Assignee: kernel => ngompa13
CC: (none) => kernel, ngompa13

Samuel Verschelde 2016-11-14 16:16:24 CET

Blocks: (none) => 19779

Comment 6 katnatek 2023-11-13 00:53:52 CET
The report is for Mageia 5 times, and bug#19779 is for Mageia 7 as both versions are EOL and for Mageia 8 & 9 I don't see this kind of bug, but Mageia 9 dkms is 2.0.19 and upstream is in 3.0.12
Comment 7 Giuseppe Ghibò 2023-11-13 01:33:54 CET
The problem is not just upgrading to latest upstream version, but to backport all the extra mageia patches that applies to 2.0.19 and not to 3.0.12; such patches adds new features (used by mageia) that are not in upstream code.

There were some attempt, here:


but incomplete, and in the meanwhile the upstream code has changed a lot, so the work is basically to be redone from the beginning. Any volunteer welcome.

CC: (none) => ghibomgx

katnatek 2023-12-14 21:21:33 CET

See Also: (none) => https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=31835

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