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Re: repotags proposal

On Sun, 20 May 2007, Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:

> On 20.05.2007 16:02, Dag Wieers wrote:
> > On Sun, 20 May 2007, Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:
> > 
> >> I wrote a quick proposal for repotags in EPEL. If people really want
> >> repotags in EPEL please speak up in this thread -- I'd really like to
> >> see that contributors really want repotags before I propose this
> >> proposal for voting in a SIG meeting.
> >>
> >> == Proposal for the use of repotags for EPEL ==
> >> [...]
> >> == EOF ==
> > 
> > That's like saying: we do want to look at it objectively, but here are 
> > some requirements that make it impossible to implement.
> Thanks for your detailed and helpful feedback. I propose this here for
> discussion. So if you have a technical solution that could work, but
> does not confirm to the points of the proposal? Then please show or
> explain it, that we can consider adjusting the proposal before it's
> being voted upon. That why I posted it for discussion.

Well, in our case the buildsystem takes care of adding the repotag. Since 
it needs to come at the very last there's no problem doing that. And it 
does not affect anyone maintaining the SPEC files. What's more you can 
leave it out for the Fedora builds, and add it for the EPEL builds.

> Ohh, sorry, I nearly forgot: there is a technical solution that could
> work. I outlined it in
> https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2007-April/msg01232.html
> In short: add a %{?repotag} to the end of release in all EPEL spec
> files, set that in the EPEL builders (not in the Fedora ones) to ".epel"
> and the solution is there. We could start with it tomorrow -- but we
> need the Fedora Packaging Committee to agree first, as that's
> responsible for stuff like this in Fedora.

This solution will never be accepted by Fedora because of practical 

    * it must remain possible to simply copy spec files between Fedora and                                           
      EPEL branches without modifications                                                                               

    * the repotag must be used my all packages

Since it affects all Fedora packagers you will get objections from most
maintainers, especially because it will not be used for Fedora. The 
obvious question will be: 'why introduce it in all SPEC files if we don't 
use it for Fedora ?'.

Kind regards,
--   dag wieers,  dag wieers com,  http://dag.wieers.com/   --
[all I want is a warm bed and a kind word and unlimited power]

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