[Fedora-packaging] Re: compat package policy

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at freenet.de
Wed Feb 20 09:41:04 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-02-20 at 10:18 +0100, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> Le mardi 19 février 2008 à 23:35 +0200, Axel Thimm a écrit :
> > 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
> > removed.
> +1
> IMHO the most important property of compat packages is not that they
> have a devel conterpart or not, but that we clearly tell packagers "this
> bit is not to be used and will be removed mid-term". Restricting the
> compat naming to link-only packages will only make this removal process
> harder, as a lot of stuff will move to packages with no clear EOL
> target.
Don't you realize the silliness of such a recommendation?

1. It's easy to circumvent (Simply don't use it)

2. It's technically counterproductive.
compat packages are band aids to help out in cases where "upgrading"
isn't easily applicable. Banning compat-*-devel packages voids this


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