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Re: yum RFE

On Wed, 18 Oct 2006 11:39:34 -0700 Garrick Staples <garrick usc edu>

> On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 02:16:22PM -0400, Greg DeKoenigsberg alleged:
> > On Wed, 18 Oct 2006, Jesse Keating wrote:
> > > On Wednesday 18 October 2006 13:06, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > > You mean when it overwrites base packages and breaks stuff ?
> > > 
> > > Then should setup road blocks to using rpm?  To adding repos at
> > > all?  To writing as root?  The user had taken the step to add
> > > something which did NOT come with his/her installation.  Adding a
> > > NON "supported" repo.  From that point on, they're in the "on
> > > your own" land, and I'm perfectly happy with their system getting
> > > eaten alive.  There is a REASON we don't include those repos.
> > > Setting up more (easily removable for those that know) roadblocks
> > > will do nothing more than confuse the user even more, and create
> > > more hostility toward the 3rd party packagers.
> > 
> > "The operation you're about to perform will replace a core
> > package.  This could make it more difficult to maintain your
> > system.  If you're *sure* you want to do this, edit foo and change
> > bar to baz."
> > 
> > I believe that could help users -- users that are currently
> > struggling to understand the trade-offs between using straight
> > Fedora and Fedora+3rd parties.  But I don't believe it does
> > anything to damage the reputations of 3rd party packagers.
> Not that anyone listens to me, but I'd like to go on record to say
> that I think this general idea is terrific.  Not only for the newbs,
> but also as a useful tool for the experts (so you don't have to go
> double checking each new thing).


FWIW, I'm listening and I totally agree that it will be useful for
everyone from newbies to FE packagers to all the folks between.  I think
some sort of "protect base" or "protect core + extras" is an excellent
idea and should be enabled by default.



Edward H. Hill III, PhD  |  ed eh3 com  |  http://eh3.com/

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