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Re: Keep or remove GlusterFS from EPEL-6?

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On Wed, 16 May 2012 14:32:23 +0200
Niels de Vos <devos fedoraproject org> wrote:

> Hello,
> 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?

So i think here its up to the gluster team what they want to do.  For
instance Satellite has pulled in a bunch of EPEL packages and ship them
in satellite. things like cobbler, koan, perl modules and various other
bits and pieces. they pull them in with the intention of them remaining
in EPEL. I believe some of the other layered products do this also,  I
think that something that ships in a layered product should be shipable
in EPEL but if the layered product asks us to remove it we should do
so. most/all layered products are only available with additional
subscriptions. which limits the availablity and AFAIK CentOS Scientific
Linux etc dont ship all layered products.

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