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Re: Same named packages, different dependencies

Dag Wieers <dag wieers com> wrote:

>On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 A1tmblwd netscape net wrote:
>> Dag Wieer's package has the least dependencies. After my last 
>> experience this would appear to be for the good. The code for 
>> perl-XML-Parser comes from a common source, www.cpan.org.  So, why the 
>> difference in dependencies?  Why are third-party packagers not using the 
>> source rpm and spec file from Fedora Core so that this difference in 
>> dependencies does not occur?
>Because at the point that this was packaged, there was no alternative. My 
>original package existed before any official one.
>Your analysis correctly points out that if you're using my repository with 
>the official packages, the official packages (at least for FC3) are 
>prefered because they're newer. So my package is really void. I don't 
>think anyone is using it.
>> Any way, what I have learned from venturing beyond Fedora mirrors is 
>> that the selection of third-party packagers/repositories does matter.
>Good data, bad conclusion :)

Ed Wilts made a reference to a protectbase setting for yum. It does not seem to be present in yum-2.1.11-3. Without such a feature for yum or apt it is a bad conclusion for 3rd-party vendors such as yourself.  

Even the protectbase feature may not be enough.  Quoting from the tao yum.conf file, http://www.hughesjr.com/tao/yum.conf.txt :

# The Dag Wieers repository of RHEL3 compatible RPMs; best used in combination
# with the 'protectbase' patch.  See /usr/share/doc/yum-*/README.protectbase.
# Some of his rpms upgrade stuff in the Tao basesystem, which you may or may
# not want.
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