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Re: Ready for new RPM version?



Panu Matilainen wrote:
> 
> Are we ready to consider a brand new RPM version for F11, amidst all this
> mass-rebuild-for-strong-hash chaos and just days to go to development
> freeze?
> 
> We just put out first rpm 4.7.0 beta:
> http://lists.rpm.org/pipermail/rpm-announce/2009-February/000016.html.
> This is nothing like the 4.4.2.x -> 4.6.0 leap-of-faith upgrade last
> year but it's still non-trivial amount of changes to get the kind of
> memory use and performance improvements that 4.7.0 has, which is why
> it's not just 4.6.1.
> 
> The wording of Fedora Feature policy pretty explicitly singles out each
> RPM upgrade to be a Feature... I would like to hear a preliminary
> opinion on it: if everybody is going to be an outright "NO!" then I'm
> not going to waste my time with writing up a Feature page. If it's
> "maybe" or "it depends" then ok, will submit as a feature in time for
> tomorrows FESCo meeting.
> 
> So, should I bother with a RPM 4.7 feature page or not?
> 
Just a packager's perspective but:

1) The memory optimization features look great!
2) A few of the API changes aren't clear if they remove old API.  Should
that be assumed wherever "should be transparent" isn't written?
3) As the rpm maintainer, do you recommend we go with this for F11?

-Toshio

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