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Re: NVR bugs in rawhide



On Tue, 14 Jul 2009 15:48:11 +0300, Jussi wrote:

> On Tue, 2009-07-14 at 14:48 +0200, Michael Schwendt wrote:
> > On Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:21:28 +0200, Daniel wrote:
> > 
> > > >> Release doesn't contain a %dist tag.
> > > >>  - %dist is missing in Release: in spec
> > > >>     
> > > >
> > > > Often on purpose. Not a bug.
> > > >   
> > > Can you be more specific, please? What's exactly the purpose?
> > 
> > That %dist isn't used. There are various reasons why somebody may decide
> > against using %dist. One example are noarch data packages that want to
> > utilise koji build inheritance.
> 
> ... except that doesn't help anything.

??  Let me be more clear then.

You don't need to drop %dist for koji build inheritance to work.

It just looks much cleaner to inherit foo-1.0-1.noarch.rpm for all
newer targets -- than to inherit foo-1.0-1.fc9.noarch.rpm and have
users scratch their heads (even if release notes mention that packages
with old dist tags may be found in a new dist release).

> %dist should be used always.

No.  Particulary for noarch data packages, using %dist bears an
additional risk. Because it becomes possible to tag a package on
multiple branches and break inheritance by building for more than
the oldest branch.

In other cases, for example, %dist suggests that a spec/src.rpm would be
dist-independent and could simply be copied to multiple branches. That
doesn't need to be true.


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