make tar*-pkg considered dangerous

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Tue Sep 11 2012 - 23:16:45 EST


We've had some incidents with people destroying Fedore 17 installs
(to the point of reinstall) by installing a kernel tarball generated with
make tar*-pkg

The problem is that the tarball includes /lib/{modules,firmware},
but on FC17 /lib is a symlink. tar when it unpacks the tarball
replaces the symlink with the directory. So they end up
with a /lib which only contains the new kernel files, but nothing else,

And then the system doesn't boot anymore.

I'm not sure there is a good fix for this. I don't know of a way to
convince tar to not do that. And putting everything into /usr
would be very incompatible.

Disable these make targets or add warnings? If disabling people should
use rpms or dpkgs instead?


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