#40 loop-aes support removed from Gentoo



Gentoo Forums
deals with the recent removal of support for loop-aes in Gentoo Linux.

Do the loop-aes developers wish to have any input to this? (It would be helpful.)
I am nlsa8z6zoz7lyih3ap in that forum.


  • Jari Ruusu

    Jari Ruusu - 2011-06-06

    Usually loop-AES util-linux patches have been published
    small number of weeks after corresponding util-linux tarball
    has been released. Nobody has really complained to me about
    this delay, at least not to the extent of being pissed off
    about it. I don't normally follow what gets published in
    gentoo discussion forums or bug trackers.

    If gentoo util-linux maintainer believes that small number
    of weeks delay is unacceptable for gentoo, then so be it.

  • Nobody/Anonymous

    Many thanks for the response. The Gentoo util-linux maintainer has not, to my
    knowledge, made any complaint regarding your patches or the timeliness of them.
    I must apologize if I have given that erroneous impression.

    However it is a fact that loop-aes Gentoo users were not so patient and filed many bug reports before the patches appeared. So many people forget that voulunteers
    deserve praise rather than criticism.

    As loop-aes and Gentoo have been my favorite linux projects over the years,
    I just wanted to let you know that the mainline Gentoo Portage no longer supports loop-aes and this will probably not change.

    Let me thank you for providing and supporting such a high quality project (loop-aes) for so long.

  • Jari Ruusu

    Jari Ruusu - 2011-07-08
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    Anonymous - 2011-09-30

    Then why then was Gentoo's loop-aes package updated on 13 June 2011? http://packages.gentoo.org/package/sys-fs/loop-aes

    I don't use Gentoo but I thought their decision was to allow support for loop-aes:

    "First off, an update for everyone. Please take a look at http://dev.c1pher.net/index.php/2011/06/loop-aes-update/. This should first off, be fixed, and second off, hopefully never occur again.

    Steps to fix if your loop-aes is currently broken:
    emerge --sync; emerge -u loop-aes

    This should downgrade util-linux to the most recent one that can fulfill USE="loop-aes" which I think should be 2.18-r1.

    If you're using a util-linux out of an overlay with USE="loop-aes" follow the above after you've removed the overlay you were using to fix this.

    Once you're fixed, this shouldn't not happen again. I've changed all versions of loop-aes to depend on util-linux[loop-aes,crypt].

    Lastly, I've picked up the Gentoo related maintenance for the util-linux patchset. I should have util-linux-2.19.1-r1 in the tree with loop-aes support tomorrow if all goes well. It will be ~arch initially, so it may be a while until it hits stable. Just bear that in mind. "


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