[Fedora-packaging] disttag

Dag Wieers dag at wieers.com
Wed Mar 2 01:59:46 UTC 2005

On Tue, 1 Mar 2005, Tom 'spot' Callaway wrote:

> OK, I agree with this. I don't want to insult RPMForge, but I really
> don't think that an upgrade path between RHEL and Fedora is viable, or
> something that we should attempt to promote. I've been thinking about
> this, and it has two major downsides:
> 1. It implies we support it. We don't.
> 2. It adds an extra field to the Release to confuse people.

It would be insulting if you said we were morons for having it :) But as 
Fedora Extras goal is to limit to Fedora packages only, it makes sense.

Although I do not agree that having it implies you support it per se. You 
allow it if people want to go there. And people have successfully upgrade 
from RH 7.3 and RH 9 to RHEL 3, likewise people are upgrading FC to RHEL 4 
with only minor adaptations.

Also, with smart package managers (that can prioritize repositories) it 
might become unnecessary in the future to have it.

If the disttag will only contain 'rh9', 'fc1' or 'el3' and be used for 
conditionals, can we consider using %{dist} instead of %{disttag} ? This 
would be compatible with our usage, is shorter and I don't see any 

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