What is public/private fork? - Criteria packaging in fedora

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at chello.at
Sun Dec 13 23:09:59 UTC 2009

Huzaifa Sidhpurwala wrote:
> I have forked libtar as libtar-ng, because the upstream does not have
> time to maintain it anymore.
> Here is the bz:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=546169
> Now the question is what is a private fork?
> Am i wrong in forking it and packaging in fedora?

IMHO, this should be packaged, and in a way to Obsoletes/Provides: libtar as 
it's backwards-compatible and actually actively maintained unlike libtar. 
The Obsoletes/Provides should of course be versioned, so if a new libtar 
springs up at a later point (i.e. if the maintainer really goes back to 
actively developing it), it can be introduced instead of or in addition to 
the fork.

        Kevin Kofler

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