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Re: superseded update packages should be preserved



On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 06:33:49PM -0500, D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
>If a Fedora package update is released, and then another update is
>released, I don't think that the first remains available under current
>operating procedures.
>
>I think that it would be useful to keep the package available.
>
>I just experienced a case where I needed this.  xorg-x11-drv-ati was
>upgraded to xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.9.0-63.fc10.x86_64 in December and then
>upgraded to xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.10.0-1.fc10.x86_64 recently.
>
>xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.10.0-1.fc10.x86_64 does not work on my system.  So
>I needed to downgrade to xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.9.0-63.fc10.x86_64.
>As far as I know, there is no distribution point for
>xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.9.0-63.fc10.x86_64.  Luckily, I found it on a
>mirror that had gone stale.
>
>I think that there should be an official site that preserves all
>released updates, not just the current ones.

The builds can be found in koji for quite a while after the update
is superceded.

>I also wonder if there is some provision of the GPL that requires at
>least the source files of obsoleted updates to remain available.  The

All of the sources are available in CVS.

josh


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