Plans for EL4 End of Life

Christopher McCrory chrismcc at
Thu Jan 5 19:40:36 UTC 2012


On Tue, 2012-01-03 at 21:21 -0800, Michael Stahnke wrote:
> So, we have about 60 days until EL4 goes to End of Life from Red
> Hat[1] (and thus triggering CentOS, and I imagine Oracle, Scientific
> et al).  
> What are the plans for EPEL 4?  
> The way I see we have a few options:
> 1.  We stop putting new content in EPEL4 and take down the EPEL mirror
> (thus really end-of-lifeing EPEL 4)
> 2.  We stop putting in new content, and leave the mirrors, thus
> allowing those who haven't migrated to ahve some sort of package
> options, with no option for updates
> 3.  We keep allow people to add content to EPEL4 due to things like
> extended support
> 4.  Some other option I haven't though about yet.

What happens to the git repo branches?  If the branches stay then anyone
still using RHEL4 could use git checkout, fedpkg, and mock to build
their own packages with any security patches they need.

> I like 1 the best, because it only helps enforce lifecycle planning.
> And when I worked in big enterprise, I needed all the help I could get
> to be able to move systems.  :)  Plus it allows our maintainers to
> focus effort on 5/6 enhancements and fixes. 
> Any discussion or suggestions welcome.
> [1]
> stahnma
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