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Re: [Fedora-packaging] Single package directory ownership

Jesse Keating wrote:
I'm running into a situation with this rule.

The xorg package set. There is xorg-x11-server-Xorg, and a lot of xorg-x11-drv-foo packages. The drv packages drop files in /usr/lib/xorg/modules and /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers (lib64 for obvious places). However, xorg-x11-server-Xorg also puts files there. Normally we'd say that xorg-x11-server-Xorg must own those directories and not the drivers. BUT xorg-x11-server-Xorg requires drivers, drivers require Xorg, insert dep loop here.

The X folks think that when RPM is faced with this, it will make an arbitrary decision at where to do the transaction, and there could be a case where xorg-x11-server-Xorg is removed before a drv package, and unless all the drv packages own the modules and drivers dirs, those directories could get left behind.

Does this qualify as an exception to the single ownership rule? I've cc'd Mike and Ajax from the X team as they are not on this list. Please include them in CCs for the discussion (reply-all on smart clients).

Why not introduce an xorg-x11-filesystem package that owns the directories and everything else can depend on?


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