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Re: Fedora (Linux) is Destroying it self



On Tue, 12 May 2009, Kevin Kofler wrote:
Ralf Corsepius wrote:
Well, it had worked for ages.

"it had worked" != sane
"it had worked" != compliant to guidelines
"it had worked" != it's not broken

Many things happen to "work", but are still completely broken.

From rpm POV it's perfectly legal for any number of packages to share
identical files, and that still works. What doesn't work is sharing files between packages using different file hash algorithm, so if you need to share across Centos >= 3 <-> Fedora >= 11 you need to build the package for lowest common denominator, meaning md5 file hashes. Fedora 11 changes the default algorithm from md5 to sha256 in redhat-rpm-config, producing packages that are incompatible with rpm < 4.6.0 but specs and macro configuration can override that.

Whether it's against Fedora guidelines is another question, but since this was about a package from a 3rd party repository...

	- Panu -


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