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Date:	Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:08:35 -0400
From:	Autif Khan <>
To:	"Theodore Ts'o" <>
Cc:	Eric Sandeen <>,
Subject: Re: /dev/disk/by-label missing after upgrade to 1.42.7

I have updated our scripts to overwrite only those binaries that
originated from the e2fsprogs package. In our build/CI system it would
be (relatively) hard to build a debian package using fakeroot
dpkg-buildpackages, instead, we run dpkg -S /bin/binary to find if the
package originated in e2fsprogs and if it did, we copy it over,
otherwise not. For now this works, we will pay the technical debt
if/when we need to - chances are this will go away in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
which should have the latest version of e2fsprogs.

Thanks for all the help - specially Eric, Ted and Darrick.


On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:26 PM, Theodore Ts'o <> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 04:35:55PM -0500, Eric Sandeen wrote:
>> ubuntu isn't using blkid from util-linux?
> Ubuntu and Debian does use blkid from util-linux.  I'm guessing Autif
> compiled e2fsprogs by hand.
> For the record, what I recommend for people who are using debian or
> Ubuntu systems (of whatever vintage) is:
> tar xvfz e2fsprogs-1.42.7.tar.gz
> cd e2fsprogs-1.42.7
> ./debian/rules
> fakeroot dpkg-buildpackage
> This will build .deb packages that are suitable for whatever version
> of Debian or Ubuntu (including really ancient ones before blkid was
> moved to util-linux) you happen to be using.
>> That's really where it's maintained these days, a little surprised that
>> blkid's still in use from e2fsprogs, though I don't know my ubuntu
>> releases.  Maybe this is Crufty Crow?  ;)
>> Fedora has been building w/ --disable-libblkid for quite a while,
>> just FWIW.
> I plan to change the default for libblkid before I release 1.43.
>                                        - Ted
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