[Fedora-packaging] release of subpackage with version different from main rpm

Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
Wed Jan 2 15:08:44 UTC 2008

Mamoru Tasaka wrote:

> I guess there are some packages of which subpackage rpms have versions 
> which are different from those of the main rpm.
> For example, on rawhide perl has 4:5.8.8-32.fc8 EVR and its subpackage
> perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker has 0:6.30-32.fc8 EVR.
> On such case are there any policy for release number? For perl currently
> the main perl rpm and its subpackages have the same release number.
> However in other rpms the case may happen that only the version of 
> main rpm will be bumped where the version of its subpackage won't change.
> In that case usually we want to switch the release number of main rpm
> to 1%{?dist}, however if its subpackage has different version the release
> number of the subpackage usually can't be back to 1%{?dist}. How should
> we treat this case?

imo, the simplest solutions for cases like this are:
1.  don't munge versions for subpkgs, ie, subpkg EVR = main pkg EVR
2. where different Versions are desired, make these a *completely
separate* pkg, not just a sub-pkg.

-- Rex

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