[Pulp-list] Important: RPM Name Issues in Pulp

Jay Dobies jason.dobies at redhat.com
Fri May 4 20:21:23 UTC 2012

We've recently encountered an issue that can arise when certain 
conditions are met in a repository. If a repository's comps.xml file 
contains a reference to an RPM that has a period in its name (RPM name 
itself, not the full filename), there is an issue persisting the package 
into the database during a sync. The main use case in which we've seen 
this is when synchronizing repositories containing the openoffice.org 

The issue arises due to a restriction recent versions of pymongo places 
on certain usage of periods in documents. It is a recent change and, 
coupled with the fact that periods in RPM names is a fairly rare 
occurrence, helps explain why we're just now starting to see it.

After investigation, our approach is to recommend downgrading your 
version of pymongo if you encounter this issue. Now that we know about 
it, it will be resolved in 2.0 (I know, big surprise, jdob saying 
something's fixed in 2.0). The decision at this time is to not attempt 
the non-trivial fix in the v1 stream.

More information can be found on our FAQ:

We apologize for any inconvenience the pymongo downgrade causes. Those 
responsible have been sacked.

As always, please let us know if you run into any issues.

Jay Dobies
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