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Re: [scl.org] Idea: Software Collections Daemons Made System-wide

On 03/21/2017 06:04 PM, Vacelet, Manuel wrote:
On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM, Honza Horak <hhorak redhat com
<mailto:hhorak redhat com>> wrote:

    This is basically a kick-off for getting more feedback for an idea
    shared at

    Shortly, SCL has worked nicely for several years and people love
    them. But even the beloved ones have some issues. And what we hear
    from users, the issues with Software Collections concept currently
    are basically those:

    * we need to use scl enable, which changes $PATH and other
    environment variables, so the binaries placed in different location
    are visible by the system
    * scripts originally written for "normal" MySQL use full paths (like
    /usr/bin/mysql) which does not work when we only have the Software
    Collection installed
    * Data directory, config files and log files are on different
    location than it is common

    The blog post tries to summarize possible solution, which I'm
    looking for feedback now, ideally by replying to this mail..

Hi Honza,

I do love SCLs and I share most of the pitfalls you raised about using
them (I would have loved not to write tons of custom scripts to manage
my various parallel PHP / Nginx versions on my systems).

Do you foresee a way to deal with package dependencies ?
I might be wrong but when I'm installing packages that requires
php(language>=5.3) it doesn't see rh-php56 or rh-php70 scls
It's a bit cumbersome because I end-up having the default package
installed whereas I'm only using the ones that come from SCLs

Interesting point. In case php(language) is common in php world, then someone might expect php from base is installed when asking for such requirement and thus adding the same virtual name into rh-php56 or rh-php70 scls might make troubles. Or maybe more important issue -- if modules are meant to work with php 5.5, then they might break with 5.6, especially in case of binary extensions. That's why the original idea was concerning the daemon SCLs like databases only.

Last, as an alternative to wrapper package, I find useful the
"update-alternative" from debian.
It's pretty much the same thing (links AFAIK) but switch is done with a
command rather than a package install.

Yeah, it would be nice, although I'm not sure entirely how this concept works with tens of binaries (requiring to run alternative command for every binary would not be very nice). Also, alternatives require all of the alternatives to support this method, which we are not able to do in RHEL-7/CentOS-7, because it would mean to change packages from the base system.


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