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Re: doubt regarding package name



On Thursday 25 June 2009, Fernando Nasser wrote:
> Not all under our control, not all authors still around etc.  And these
> fails are subtle and sometimes only detected too late. The truth is that
> the regexp syntax is almost impossible (actually, I believe it is
> impossible) if the prefix is not there. There isn't enough information to
> know if it is the same package or not.  People are forced to add explicit
> had-coded code for each exception.
>
> It is always confusing for humans to track where things are coming from if
> subpackages have different names.  If one is not in a situation to run a
> rpm -qi on the subpackage .rpm one may never know what produced it.

Well, as far as I know querying the package is the only reliable way of 
finding out that info, and stuff that doesn't do that _will_ break sooner or 
later.  Fedora guidelines won't help with that as not everything people use is 
packaged according to them.  Instead of coming up with such guidelines and 
thus encouraging making bad assumptions, better tools and user education is 
needed.


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