When are kernels removed from the download repository? (was Re: Policy for retiring packages?)

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com
Wed Jul 4 17:12:33 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-07-04 at 18:41 +0200, Axel Thimm wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 08:11:06AM -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> > On Wed, 2007-07-04 at 14:59 +0200, Axel Thimm wrote:
> > > do we have such a thing? How do old packages get recycled? Any way
> > > to predict packages being deleted from the repo?
> > > 
> > > (this is important for 3rd party repo yum support, especially in the
> > > kernel and kmdl area)
> > 
> > AFAIK we have policy for what to do but not a policy on when it can
> > happen.  I think the policy is spread out on these three pages::
> > 
> > http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PackageMaintainers/PackageEndOfLife
> > http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PackageMaintainers/RetiredPackages
> > http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PackageMaintainers/OrphanedPackages
> > 
> > -Toshio
> OK, so there are some policies to be consolidated. But whop is
> currently enforcing them? E.g. who decides when the kernel package is
> retired? And more to the point of interest: Would there be a way to be
> notified that a package was retired?
> The background is that ATrpms and other repos support Fedora kernels
> by providing kernel module packages. These are depending on the kernel
> they were built for.
So those policies aren't going to help you since you need to find out
when a built kernel rpm is being dropped from the download repository.
The policy only addresses when a package is being dropped from the cvs

Jesse, Michael Schwendt, or one of the relengs might know the answer to
this but there's currently no written policy that I'm aware of.

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