Support statement for packages within Ubuntu 16.04 LTS should have the 5 Y statement

Bug #1577833 reported by bugproxy on 2016-05-03
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu Seeds
Fix Committed
Adam Conrad
Ubuntu on IBM z Systems
hw-detect (Ubuntu)
Dimitri John Ledkov

Bug Description


 * Default install of Ubuntu server, should not install universe packages, specifically discover

[Test Case]

 * Use d-i installer, to perform a server-like install

 * Check that there are no universe packages installed by default

 * Specifically check that discover package is not installed

[Regression Potential]

 * discover appears to be a useless package which does not enable any extra hardware at either install, or post-boot time. Less disk space is used, as well as less time, and non-supported package is not installed unconditionally onto the target systems.

[Other Info]

 * Original bug report

We detected following information

Manuell Installation in Standard-Mode (not Expert Mode)with following selection: standard system utilities, OpenSSH server, Basic Ubuntu server for s390-tools:

Following information are provided by the ubuntu-support-status tool.

Supported until January 2017 (9m):
libpfm4 s390-tools sysconfig-hardware

Supported until April 2019 (3y):
discover discover-data libdiscover2

The assumption is, the 16.04 LTS will have 5 year support for each package within release/main

bugproxy (bugproxy) on 2016-05-03
tags: added: architecture-s39064 bugnameltc-141010 severity-medium targetmilestone-inin1610
Changed in ubuntu:
assignee: nobody → Skipper Bug Screeners (skipper-screen-team)

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tags: added: bot-comment
affects: ubuntu → ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)
Changed in ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
status: Confirmed → In Progress
affects: ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu) → ubuntu-seeds
Frank Heimes (fheimes) on 2016-05-23
Changed in ubuntu-z-systems:
status: New → In Progress
Dimitri John Ledkov (xnox) wrote :

@Adam Conrad

changing assignee over to you - this is a bug about Supported: field in xenial, which for some packages in main doesn't list the correct 5y term.

Changed in ubuntu-seeds:
assignee: Skipper Bug Screeners (skipper-screen-team) → Adam Conrad (adconrad)
Frank Heimes (fheimes) on 2016-06-07
Changed in ubuntu-z-systems:
importance: Undecided → Medium
Adam Conrad (adconrad) wrote :

This is fixed in xenial-updates, it will take a bit more work to fix it in the release pocket, but that's also planned.

Changed in ubuntu-seeds:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Frank Heimes (fheimes) on 2016-08-24
Changed in ubuntu-z-systems:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Frank Heimes (fheimes) wrote :

This ticket go a bit lost - I just checked it again on 16.04.3 and:
libpfm4 s390-tools sysconfig-hardware
are now in the bucket of packages supported for 5 years
discover discover-data libdiscover2
are universe packages (with prio. optional).

Hence closing this ticket as Fix Released.

Changed in ubuntu-z-systems:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Dimitri John Ledkov (xnox) wrote :

I think it is a bug in hw-detect, that pulls in discover unconditionally, when I do not believe it is at all useful on Ubuntu.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package hw-detect - 1.117ubuntu6

hw-detect (1.117ubuntu6) bionic; urgency=medium

  * Drop hw-detect.pre-pkgsel.d/20install-hwpackages, as it installs
    universe package, which is probably in itself not useful on
    Ubuntu. LP: #1577833

 -- Dimitri John Ledkov <email address hidden> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:27:37 +0000

Changed in hw-detect (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
description: updated
Changed in hw-detect (Ubuntu Xenial):
milestone: none → ubuntu-16.04.4
importance: Undecided → Critical
status: New → In Progress
assignee: nobody → Dimitri John Ledkov (xnox)

Hello bugproxy, or anyone else affected,

Accepted hw-detect into xenial-proposed. The package will build now and be available at in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See for documentation on how to enable and use -proposed.Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested and change the tag from verification-needed-xenial to verification-done-xenial. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed-xenial. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at . Thank you in advance!

Changed in hw-detect (Ubuntu Xenial):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed verification-needed-xenial
Dimitri John Ledkov (xnox) wrote :

Using d-i installer for xenial, with apt-setup/proposed=true, and thus running the installation with hw-detect 1.117ubuntu2.3, version of the udeb verified in the d-i shell by checking /var/lib/dpkg/status file.

After the installation was completed, discover was not installed on the system as expected. The support status is now this:

$ ubuntu-support-status
Support status summary of 'clound02':

You have 437 packages (100.0%) supported until April 2021 (Canonical - 5y)

You have 0 packages (0.0%) that can not/no-longer be downloaded
You have 0 packages (0.0%) that are unsupported

Run with --show-unsupported, --show-supported or --show-all to see more details

tags: added: verification-done verification-done-xenial
removed: verification-needed verification-needed-xenial
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package hw-detect - 1.117ubuntu2.3

hw-detect (1.117ubuntu2.3) xenial; urgency=medium

  * install opal-prd on OpenPOWER machines. LP: #1555904
  * Drop hw-detect.pre-pkgsel.d/20install-hwpackages, as it installs
    universe package, which is probably in itself not useful on
    Ubuntu. LP: #1577833

 -- Dimitri John Ledkov <email address hidden> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:36:54 +0000

Changed in hw-detect (Ubuntu Xenial):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released

The verification of the Stable Release Update for hw-detect has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regressions.

------- Comment From <email address hidden> 2018-02-23 10:56 EDT-------
IBM Bugzilla Status -> closed, fixed by Canonical

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