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Date:   Fri, 31 May 2019 08:43:30 -0700
From:   "Darrick J. Wong" <>
To:     Jan Kara <>
Cc:     "Theodore Ts'o" <>,
        Lukas Czerner <>,, Jan Kara <>
Subject: Re: How to package e2scrub

On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 12:07:13PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> On Thu 30-05-19 09:51:55, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> > On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 11:59:07AM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> > > 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
> > > default.
> > 
> > I'm not super-fond of extra sub-packages for their own sake, and the
> > extra e2scrub bits are small enough (about 32k?) that I don't believe
> > it justifies an extra sub-package; but that's a distribution-level
> > packaging decision, so it's certainly fine if we're not completely aligned.
> Yes, size is not a big concern but the scrub bits require util-linux, lvm,
> and mailer to work correctly and I don't want to add these dependencies to
> stock e2fsprogs package because some minimal installations do not want e.g.
> lvm at all. Granted these are just scripts so I could get away with not
> requiring e.g. lvm at all but it seems user-unfriendly to leave it up to
> user to determine that his systemd-service fails due to missing packages.

All good reasons for a separate package, particularly considering that
on the RH side they've split out xfs_scrub because of its python 3

> > Out of curiosity, were any of the complaints that you've heard gone
> > beyond people who ran into the various e2scrub/e2scrub_all bugs?  I'm
> > curious what their concerns were.
> I didn't hear any complaints so far. But I have my doubts anyone actually
> run that code so far - openSUSE Tumbleweed has limited userbase, we do
> installs to btrfs by default, we don't propose LVM by default, and I didn't
> enable the service files to run by default.

(I suspect it's only Debian Unstable users who are running it right


> 								Honza
> -- 
> Jan Kara <>
> SUSE Labs, CR

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