What to do with lm_sensors and other server hardware support packages?

Dan HorĂ¡k dan at danny.cz
Wed Nov 18 08:11:53 UTC 2015


On Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:47:10 -0500
Stephen Gallagher <sgallagh at redhat.com> wrote:

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> We currently include the following packages in the default server
> install:
> 
> * lm_sensors
> * openhpi
> * smp_utils
> 
> Of these packages, lm_sensors pulls in 33MB of dependencies (mostly
> PERL, including the PERL interpreter). I'm not personally sure if
> there's sufficient value in lm_sensors to justify installing it by
> default. (Pulling in an entire language interpreter just to support
> this one package seems like overkill).
> 
> openhpi and smp_utils are far more self-contained. openhpi pulls in
> net-snmp-libs and libsysfs, while smp_utils doesn't have any
> additional deps that aren't already part of the basic system.

I would drop openhpi from the general purpose server groups completely.
I've learned that it is used mainly in telco deployments, which is a
very specific use case.


		Dan

> That said, I'd like to know what people think about moving the
> @server-hardware-support group out of the mandatory install set and
> into the optional install set. All together, we're looking at about
> 43MB of on-disk usage for these three packages and their dependencies
> (above the packages in the minimal install).
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