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Keep or remove GlusterFS from EPEL-6?


in #gluster on Freenode, we discussed a little if GlusterFS is allowed in EPEL-6. EPEL-5 is not affected as Red Hat does not provide packages for GlusterFS on RHEL-5.

The policy that may forbid GlusterFS in EPEL-6:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL/GuidelinesAndPolicies#Policy mentions "packages from EPEL should never replace packages from the target base distribution - including those on the base distribution as well as layered products".

The Red Hat Storage product that includes GlusterFS is like an appliance. Customers who buy a subscription get access to a DVD download of RHEL-6.2.z (Extended Update Support, EUS) with the packages from an additional RHN-ChildChannel. It is not possible/intended/supported to use this RHN-ChildChannel without installing your system from the "Red Hat Storage" DVD. Therefore this RHN-ChildChannel is a little different from other layered products.

The first time a Red Hat product that includes GlusterFS was released in November 2011. EPEL-6 already contained the GlusterFS packages. The EPEL-policy was not harmed, but now GlusterFS is made available by Red Hat, and it is possible to have two sources for GlusterFS (one being EPEL-6, the other through the Red Hat Storage ChildChannel).

The question I have now:
Is it needed to block the glusterfs package from EPEL-6? Even if most RHEL users will not have access to EUS channel(s) that contain the glusterfs packages?


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