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Re: Disttag for Fedora 7 and beyond

On Fri, 2007-01-05 at 14:37 -0500, Jesse Keating wrote:
> On Friday 05 January 2007 14:27, Josh Boyer wrote:
> > > It is not a bug. Semantically, a hardcoded dist tag can mean that the
> > > package has been developed (e.g. configured, patched, customised) and
> > > tested for the single specified distribution release and that nothing
> > > else is supported by the packager (not even if it works by coincidence).
> > > Rebuilding it without packaging changes and updating the dist tag
> > > automatically would be a bug.
> >
> > No, it's a bug.  Hardcoding the disttag is explicitly against the
> > packaging guidelines.
> Being in the guidelines does not automatically mean it is correct.  We're 
> humans, we make mistakes, we sometimes have narrow view of issues and don't 
> anticipate other things.

Sure.  But unless the guidelines are changed, it's a bug.  Look at it
this way, a new package the violates the guidelines either gets fixed or
doesn't get in.  Any existing package hardcoding it therefore has a bug.

> I see much value in Michael's statement, unfortunately I don't know of a good 
> way to allow for that, but keep other people from shooting themselves in the 
> foot with hardcoded dist tags.  This is one of the reasons why its in the 
> guidelines.



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