Why not remove the appendix?

John5342 john5342 at googlemail.com
Mon Dec 14 00:50:25 UTC 2009

On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 00:37, Robert G. (Doc) Savage
<dsavage at peaknet.net> wrote:
> On Sun, 2009-12-13 at 18:15 -0600, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
>> On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 17:52:58 -0600,
>>   "Robert G. (Doc) Savage" <dsavage at peaknet.net> wrote:
>> > Why do we continue to refer to "core" in package names -- fc13 rather
>> > than f13 -- long after Core and Extras were merged? Enquiring minds want
>> > to know.
>> The short answer is that it breaks things.
>> This has been discussed on the lists several times including about a month
>> ago.
> Far more radical changes are discussed here every day. Many are adopted
> even though breakage is predicted. What better time to change than the
> earliest days of a new release?

The kinds of breakages that are introduced all the time in rawhide are
breakages that are supposed to be fixed before actually releasing the
next fedora release. The breakages caused by changing the name are
primarily issues that cross release boundaries. The biggest issue that
has been brought up is that the .fcXX is actually part of the package
version and whilst fc13 is greater than fc12, f13 is lower than fc12.
That means that any time that the same version of a package is
released in both F12 and F13 which is quite common then upgrades fail.
The whole subject has been discussed to death and in short the
problems of changing it outweigh the advantages. It is one letter
versus a whole load of complaints from people with failed upgrades.

There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand binary
and those who don't...

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