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Date:   Thu, 30 May 2019 11:59:07 +0200
From:   Jan Kara <>
To:     Theodore Ts'o <>
Cc:     Lukas Czerner <>,,
        Jan Kara <>
Subject: Re: How to package e2scrub

On Wed 29-05-19 19:59:48, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 02:06:03PM +0200, Lukas Czerner wrote:
> > What I am going to do is to split the systemd service into a separate
> > package and I'd like to come to some agreement about the name of the
> > package so that we can have the same name across distributions (at least
> > Fedora/Debian/Suse).
> Hmm.... what keeping the service as part of the e2fsprogs package, but
> then not enabling out of the box.  That is, require that user run:
> systemctl enable e2scrub_all.timer
> in order to actually get the feature?  (They can also disable it using
> "systemctl disable e2scrub_all.timer".)
> As far as the cron job is concerned, we could just leave the crontab
> entry commented out by default, and require that the user go in and
> edit the /etc/cron.d/e2scrub_all file if they want to enable it.  Not
> packaging it also seems fine; Debian's support for non-systemd
> configurations is at best marginal at this point, and while I'm not a
> fan of systemd, I'm also a realist...
> What do folks think?

Yeah, my plan is to just not package cron bits at all since openSUSE / SLES
support only systemd init anyway these days (and in fact our distro people
want to deprecate cron in favor of systemd). I guess I'll split off the
scrub bits into a separate sub-package (likely e2fsprogs will suggest
installation of this sub-package) and the service will be disabled by

Jan Kara <>

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