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

Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
Sun Feb 22 19:03:32 UTC 2009

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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