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Re: [Libguestfs] [PATCH] Mask some package names if appliance is build for SUSE

On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 04:07:17PM +0200, Olaf Hering wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 11, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> > But supermin is supposed to ignore packages that don't exist in the
> > distro.  This is a bug in supermin or the zypp plugin for supermin.
> It looks like zypper has no "ignore unknown packages/provides" flag. 
> zypper .. install $pkg is called with an unknown package then zypper
> will just abort because it expects valid input.
> Maybe there should be some code which iterates over "names" and lets
> zypper check for every single pkg and drop the ones which it can not
> resolve. Later the smaller "names" list can be passed to zypper.
> Are other plugins more forgiving in this?

Yes.  For example, the yum/RPM plugin does effectively this:

  import yum
  import yum.misc
  import sys
  yb = yum.YumBase ()
  yb.setCacheDir ()
  patterns = ["bash", "notarealpackage"]
  pkgs = yb.pkgSack.returnPackages (patterns=patterns, repoid=0)
  for pkg in pkgs:
      print pkg

... which prints (after ages, for yum is very slow):


This is a feature of supermin, because it lets you have package lists
that don't need to be heavily conditionalized based on the precise
version of a distro, especially when packages are often being renamed
(like util-linux -> util-linux-ng and back again).


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