[Fedora-packaging] Extras package enables 3rd party repository

Michael Schwendt bugs.michael at gmx.net
Thu Oct 19 09:04:22 UTC 2006

Do we want to permit packages in Fedora Extras, which install and enable
by default a 3rd party repository?

Forwarded message below.

It doesn't affect me personally, but in general it would be a tendency
I dislike, particularly since this broke the user's system due to
unavailability of the added repo.

I don't want to file a bug report about this without prior backing from
the FPG.


Begin forwarded message:

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 01:22:44 +0200
From: Michael Schwendt
To: fedora-test-list at redhat.com
Subject: Re: Working on the rawhide extras (Is it broken now?)

On Sun, 15 Oct 2006 16:31:16 -0400, Ernest L. Williams Jr. wrote:

> On Sun, 2006-10-15 at 16:24 -0400, Ernest L. Williams Jr. wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I was using yum install to get the Fedora extras from rawhide.  I
> > managed to get up through the letter "c" in terms of packages.
> > 
> > 
> > Now, I am getting the following error:
> > ==================================================================
> > [root at python yum]# yum install ddd
> > Loading "installonlyn" plugin
> > Setting up Install Process
> > Setting up repositories
> > ftp://ftp.safe.ca/pub/clement-2.1/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 4]
> > IOError: [Errno ftp error] 550 Failed to change directory.
> > Trying other mirror.
> > Error: Cannot open/read repomd.xml file for repository: clement
> > [root at python yum]#
> > =================================================================
> > 
> > Who/What by the way is clement???

$ rpm -qlvp clement-2.1-209.1.fc6.i386.rpm |grep yum
-rw-r--r--    1 root    root              192 Sep  4 13:18 /etc/yum.repos.d/clement.repo

Uhm... it's a package in Fedora Extras which installs and enables an
external Yum repository for "updates". Highly questionable, since those
updates ought to be provided within Fedora Extras. 

This asks for a new policy.

Makes me wonder whether this has been like that during package review
already or whether the packager added it later.

> > Any ideas, how to work around this one?
> I disabled clement.repo
> What does clement have to do with yum???

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