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Re: rpm groups and fedora: a modest proposal

On Fri, 28 May 2004, Panu Matilainen wrote:

but you'd rather edit a spec file and rebuild an rpm to do it?


It seems to me that the hardwiring solution will lead either to more bickering among distros or more complexity for upstream developers:

a) If groups change between distro revs, the package's .spec doesn't
   have to maintain a silly set of %if statements to set the correct
   group for each distribution release.

b) The maintainer of the .spec -- who, in an ideal world, is the
   upstream developer -- needn't worry about inter-distribution
   politics (or take sides) when setting the group header.

Plus, a separate resource like comps.xml makes it reasonably easy for a package to maintain multiple group memberships.

That's not to say that comps.xml is a wonderful solution -- but at least it allows each distro/rev some independence.

-- Paul Heinlein <heinlein madboa com>

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