[Fedora-packaging] [Draft][RFC] The use of alternatives

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Mon Feb 23 06:21:54 UTC 2009

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rex Dieter" <rdieter at math.unl.edu>
To: "Discussion of RPM packaging standards and practices for Fedora" 
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Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 12:03 AM
Subject: Re: [Fedora-packaging] [Draft][RFC] The use of alternatives

> Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
>> Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Here's a draft that - after deciding which solution is best - should
>>> eventually be put into Packaging Guidelines:
>>> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PackagingDrafts/UsingAlternatives
>>> I tried to list all pros and cons of each solution.
>>> I'm personally hesitating between using %ghost or Provides:, but I'd
>>> prefer the Provides: solution.
>> If the only con of the %ghost solution is that it conflicts with "files
>> owned by multiple packages are forbidden"
> I would advocate the use of %ghost.  It works, provided the contents of 
> all the targets are the same, ie, if they all use:
> touch /far/bar
> Conflicts will arise to simply highlight pkgs not following the convention 
> (ie, being a valuable debugging tool).
> -- Rex
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