Upcoming removal of rust2rpm + major Rust packaging toolchain update for EPEL 9
by Fabio Valentini
Hello EPEL packagers,
The latest version of the Rust packaging toolchain will soon be
available for EPEL 9 (i.e. rust2rpm v24, rust-packaging v24, and
cargo2rpm v0.1). This is a major upgrade from rust2rpm v21 which is
currently in EPEL 9, but also comes with the drawback that it now
requires Python >= 3.10.
However, I have split the Rust packaging tools into three separate
projects (previously everything was in a monorepo) to make packaging
The two components which are needed at build-time (RPM macros + the
cargo2rpm Python module that powers them) can still be built for EPEL
9, as cargo2rpm has no third-party dependencies and only needs Python
>= 3.10, and will hence be built with python3.11 on EPEL 9 as soon as
that is available.
The spec generator (rust2rpm) has also been split off from
rust-packaging into a separate package, which will *not* be available
on EPEL 9. rust2rpm requires Python >= 3.10, but it also has a few
non-trivial third-party dependencies (most notably, jinja2). Since
most Rust packagers primarily work on Fedora, I don't think the effort
of packaging all missing dependencies for Python 3.11 just to make
/usr/bin/rust2rpm available for EPEL 9 would be worth it.
There are three Pull Requests which will implement this update:
(kudos to @gotmax23!)
These changes (i.e. rust-packaging v24 + cargo2rpm) have now been live
in "production" in Fedora for over a week, and based on user and CI
feedback, I expect these updates to cause no regressions on EPEL 9.
4 weeks, 1 day
EPEL 8 Modules officially retired
by Troy Dawson
EPEL 8 Modules are now officially retired.
- The EPEL 8 modules are being archived.
- The mirror manager is being pointed to the archive
- Tags, targets and configurations are being removed so new builds cannot
- The dnf epel-modular.repo will remain, but will still default to disabled
- The dnf epel-modular.repo name will change DEPRECATED to RETIRED
Some of these steps take longer than others.
If you do not see the change right now, know that it is coming.
Questions and Answers:
Question: Will I still be able to access the modules?
Answer: It is not recommended, because the modules will not get any
security or bug fixes, but yes. They will be in the Fedora archives,
and the mirror managers will point at them.
1 month, 1 week