ATrpms and FC5/RHEL5

Warren Togami wtogami at
Tue Jan 3 00:53:16 UTC 2006

Jeff Pitman wrote:
> On 1/2/06, Florin Andrei <florin at> wrote:
>> On Mon, 2006-01-02 at 05:24 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>>> When users choose to use third party repositories they are in many cases
>>> not aware that they are not just adding packages but also replacing
>>> existing ones in their system which might be a divergence they desire.
>>> The discussions initiated by one such user along with various posting in
>>> fedora forum, user lists and irc channel is enough proof that the
>>> problem exists.
> (Offtopic: is anyone else's mail not picking up Rahul's list postings?
> I've seen several responses to Rahul's email, however I haven't
> received any from Rahul since 12/27 from fedora-devel. Odd...)
>> This is currently the single most important problem with package
>> repositories.
> See Warren's posting: Core/Extras has no obligation to help the situation.

Furthermore, I personally consider 3rd party repositories to be forks of 
the distribution.  In most cases this is no problem if they do not 
overlap and do not replace Core/Extras packages.

A "fork" is not necessarily a bad thing.  Only users should be aware 
that they use such repositories at their own option, and if they have 
any problems they need to report it to their fork project/repository to 
deal with it.  It is not Fedora's responsibility to workaround problems 
caused by forks or 3rd party software.

Warren Togami
wtogami at

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