[Fedora-packaging] Re: compat package policy

Axel Thimm Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
Tue Feb 19 21:35:02 UTC 2008

On Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:43:38PM -0500, Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams wrote:
> I would like for the Packaging group to discuss the following policy:
> """
> compat-* packages
> -----------------
> compat-* packages are for the sole purpose of providing
> obsolescent/obsolete libraries required by non-Fedora applications. No
> Fedora packages may be built against them, and no application packages
> may use the compat- namespace. Any -devel subpackage must be omitted via
> the removal or exclusion of development-related files.
> """
> This policy would not be enforced retroactively (although maintainer
> compliance should be welcomed).

Usually the kind of packages you describe simply vanish from rawhide -
e.g. if there is no use for a non-leaf package it is very soon

Most current compat-* packages are used for some other Fedora package,
or at least that was the case some time ago - maybe that changed.
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
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