Aggregation upstream projects are BAD (kdesdk for example)

seth vidal skvidal at
Tue Sep 11 16:55:45 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-09-11 at 10:51 -0600, Richi Plana wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-09-11 at 09:03 -0400, seth vidal wrote:
> > Right-  yum can install using provides as the key.
> > 
> > This is why I suggested packages containing more than one program should
> > provide the name of the other programs explicitly.
> > 
> > Then:
> > 
> >  yum install umbrello
> > 
> > would work.
> Would there ever be a danger where overriding package names (via virtual
> packages) might result in ambiguities? So package names would now mean
> program names, as well?

you mean if there were multiple things providing 'umbrello' that's just
like any other multiple-provider situation.

>  Would there be a problem if a real package were
> to be added to the repo (or some repo)? What would yum (or the resolver)
> base its decision on?

the decision works now as:
 - best arch for the system
 - shortest name
 - first in the list

>  I'm not too comfortable with overriding it using
> the full path ("/usr/bin/umbrello") but at least it disambiguates much
> better than the other. (And I figure it's too much to put in a language
> for specifying other parameters such as "yum install
> --program-name=umbrello" or "--lib=c").

yes - that's just not sane.


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