radical suggestion for fc4 release

Jeff Spaleta jspaleta at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 17:02:32 UTC 2005

On Tue, 01 Feb 2005 11:29:28 -0500, Jeff Johnson <n3npq at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> The provides name space is there to be used, "polluting" is bottom trolling.

I think the discussion already generated in this thread about
fedora-secure-system is an indication of the ploblematic nature of
casting this information into the provides of Core packages.  Provides
are there to be used... surely.. and easily misused. Using this
provides for internal audit sure seems like a slick solution for
internal needs... but at the same time exposing this information to
external users in a way that makes it quite easy to misuse as
mechanism in depsolving.  As soon as Core drops these provides in,
packagers will start playing with providing fedora-secure-system like
metapackages that use these provides. If the original intent for
creating the provides is solely for internal auditing needs, is it
appropriate to expose to everyone in this way?


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