[Fedora-packaging] Requires(hint):

Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
Sun Jun 22 19:44:19 UTC 2008

Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
> I've seen packages using Requires(hint): and testing shows that
> currently this is handled no differently from a regular Requires:.
> I happen to think Requires(hint): is a horrible syntax, because
> cognation with Requires(pre, post, preun, etc.): implies that some
> %hint scriptlet will be run at some point, but that's neither here nor
> there and I suspect that any upstream brain-damage is already a fait
> accompli.
> However, there's still the question of what to do with Requires(hint):
> in Fedora packages.  Either we get rid of it or we need to document
> what it does and what it might do in the future.
> Strawman proposal: ban use of Requires(hint) in Fedora packages.

-1 to ban, this is (potential) rpm functionality at issue here, which 
should *first* be discussed with rpm maintainers before any action or 
policy be considered.

-- Rex

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