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Re: [Fedora-packaging] virtual provides for local servers

On Mon, 22 Oct 2007 10:36:00 +0200
Patrice Dumas <pertusus free fr> wrote:

> The aim is not to add more virtual provides, but have a consistent
> naming for the proivdes such that there is a rule to find out the
> virtual provide name. 
> My proposal is therefore like:
> When a program provides a server listening on a given port, and a
> virtual provide for that functionality is neeeded, the corresponding
> provide should named server(port_name), port_name being the official
> name of the port, as in /etc/services.

That seems somewhat reasonable, how often do names change or get added
to /etc/services?

> > Why don't you work up a proposal on the wiki to consolidate all
> > these things like 'web-server' that you want to change to a more
> > commonly  
> As there is no common naming scheme I can't say what other virtual
> provides exist beside smtpdaemon and webserver.

We have them in perl like perl(Make::Maker)  or in python python(abi),
we have it in rpm itself rpmlib(CompressedFileNames) <= 3.0.4-1.  I
think there is enough evidence out there that foo(bar) is the defacto
standard for virtual provides that are more complicated than a single
name or library.

> > used server(web), generate a list of all the packages that would
> > have to be changed both for provides and for Requires, propose a
> > time for the work to be done, etc..  Treat it almost like a Feature
> > page.  
> I was gathering opinions before doing that.

Chicken, meet egg?  (:

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- All my bits are free, are yours?

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