[Guidelines Change] Changes to the Packaging Guidelines

Tom Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Wed Aug 1 19:28:57 UTC 2012

Here are the latest set of changes to the Fedora Packaging Guidelines:


A new section has been added to the SysV Initscripts section, discussing
the proper use of subsys locking. Even though Fedora packages should no
longer be using SysV Initscripts as a primary service mechanism, Red Hat
Enterprise Linux and EPEL do. Additionally,
Red Hat points partners to the Fedora Guidelines when they build for RHEL.



The review guidelines now reflect the use of sha256sum (instead of
md5sum) to confirm upstream source integrity.



The PHP Packaging guidelines have been updated to include guidance about
when it is appropriate to have an explicit Requires on httpd & mod_php,
how to handle explicit Requires on PHP extensions, and how to handle a
Requires for a minimum PHP version.



A new section on Macros has been added to the Packaging Guidelines,
covering Packaging of Additional RPM Macros.



A new section on the Documentation= field in systemd unit files (F17+)
has been added.



A short section on the Group tag in Fedora packages has been added.
All current versions of Fedora (and their respective RPM versions) treat
the Group tag as optional. Packages may include a Group: field for
compatibility with EPEL, but are not required to do so.



The RHEL conditionalization has been removed from the Python3 example
spec file, as it is no longer valid.



These guidelines (and changes) were approved by the Fedora Packaging
Committee (FPC).

Many thanks to Remi Collet, David Malcolm, Vit Ondruch, Lennart
Poettering, Michael Scherer, Dave Sullivan, and all of the members of
the FPC, for assisting in drafting, refining, and passing these guidelines.

As a reminder: The Fedora Packaging Guidelines are living documents! If
you find something missing, incorrect, or in need of revision, you can
suggest a draft change. The procedure for this is documented here:



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