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Re: [users] Dropping the repotag



On Sun, 18 Mar 2007 10:56:22 -0700, Greg Swallow wrote:

> Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:
> > Thorsten Leemhuis schrieb:
> >   
> >> Please bring that up to the Fedora Packaging committee on
> >> fedora-packaging redhat com, those guys are the ones that are
> >> responsible for the Packaging Standard used in both EPEL and Fedora.
> >>
> >> The offer still stands: I can forward this discussion/your mail there if
> >> you want. 
> >>     
> >
> > Done now without waiting for an answer:
> > https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-packaging/2007-March/msg00079.html
> >
> > People interested in this discussion please participate there!
> >   
> I already just joined this mailing list, now I need to join another?   
> No thanks, I made my point clear here.  Maybe the packaging committee 
> (5-10 people?) could have joined the EPEL list next time a problem like 
> this comes up.
> 
> On the subject of getting a +1 or -1 from the community.  I would say a 
> very, very small percentage of the community is here on this list, and 
> even fewer on the packaging committee list, so if you have even 3 or 4 
> people saying add the repotag, that's probably a few hundred thousand 
> users.  Dag is trying to speak for most of them, as I bet that many use 
> his repo, and I'm trying to speak for maybe 5,000 that use SME Server 
> (an EL4 and soon to be EL5 deriitave).  So add 5000 +1's for me please 
> on the other list ;-)

Why would a __user__ want a repotag? All the users want is that
repositories "just work" when they are enabled and installed from, even if
it is an unusual mix of repositories. A repotag does not contribute
anything to achieving that. If the repotag is abused for RPM version
comparison (as the least-significant part of %release), so packages from
one repo upgrade packages from another repo, that would be really bad.
Similarly bad is it when repositories compete with eachother in what they
contain and when that leads to incompatibilities. A repotag only attempts
at pushing some of the dirt under the carpet.


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