Publican Issues

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at
Thu Mar 26 07:12:01 UTC 2009

Joshua Wulf wrote:
Thanks Joshua,

> I think that Jeff and Chris are referring to this:
IIUC, this boils down to:
1) Publican creates a different documentation package for each Fedora
Release as it considers them to be separate documents.  ie:
Fedora-10-Security-Guide, Fedora-11-Security-Guide.

2) This means a new package review for each documentation package each

If you're willing to go through a new review each release, there's no

If you want a single review to cover you for all releases, we need a new
 Guideline.  I think if it's a potential goal to be able to install the
Fedora-10-Security-Guide on Fedora-11, then I'd be against such a
Guideline as separate packages really are what you want.  If it's
specifically a non-goal to do that, then it's a possibility although
changing the name to not have the version in it strikes me as the better
option there.  Following onto that, I'm not sure why you wouldn't want
to use publican to create an initial spec file and then modify it to
meet the specifics of the situation.  This is the workflow for CPAN2RPM,
rpmdev-newspetemplate, and other tools.

Another option is to look at a streamlined set of review items for
publican-created doc packages... We've never explicitly done this but in
practice, people know they don't have to check, for instance, shared
library guidelines when writing and reviewing a pure python module.

> and possibly this as well:
What's the problem here?  That the .desktop is created inline in the
spec file instead of as a separate file?  If that's all it is, I can
propose to the FPC to amend that.   I can't recall a reason that it had
to be included in the SRPM as a file specifically.

Note that neither of these issues had reached the FPC's radar (they
still haven't, really, as I'm only one member and this isn't the
packaging mailing list) so blaming the FPC as the roadblock is a bit


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