On Sunday 07 September 2008, Axel Thimm wrote:
On Sat, Sep 06, 2008 at 02:03:25PM -0400, Tom spot Callaway wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-09-06 at 18:24 +0100, Tim Jackson wrote:
> > Just a thought: perhaps the Packaging Guidelines should have a comment
> > about formulating the "Group" tag in spec files? If nothing else
> > could tell you to go and read /usr/share/doc/rpm-*/GROUPS, but a bit of
> > advice would probably be welcome there, especially for new
> > contributors.
> Hmm, I know that we decided that we were not concerned with what went
> into the Group tag, but I don't see this reflected in the guidelines
We decided to ignore Grup tag --- literally :)
How about just calling Group tag deprecated and to mention that
upcoming rpm (>=F10) won't even require one.
Even though it would be (is?) deprecated, it's not quite dead yet: it's still
mandatory in specfiles in current GA distro versions, it's still displayed
by "rpm -qi", prominently there in repoview and most likely there's a bunch
of other apps that use it for more or less important features to them (e.g.
the last time I checked: synaptic), and it is required by LSB. And it'll
take a long long time until making it optional in F-10 will trickle down to
other actively supported distro versions (think EL).
So IMHO it would be good to have *some* guidelines for its usage that
encourage consistency. I don't personally care exactly what that consistency
means, be it a list of "valid" values or simply "Unspecified" as the
allowed value. rpmlint currently looks at /usr/share/doc/rpm-*/GROUPS and
whines if the Group is not listed in it, some more info and thoughts at