Fedora "backports" repo? (Was Re: PostgreSQL 9 for F14?)

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Tue Sep 21 09:11:26 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2010-09-21 at 08:49 +0000, Michel Alexandre Salim wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Sep 2010 01:43:43 +0100, Adam Williamson wrote:
> > The Mandriva policy is a reasonable starting point:
> > 
> > http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Policies/SoftwareMedia#Backports_policy
> > 
> > it's sketchy and not greatly written, but the basic idea is that
> > backports should only be 'leaf' packages (things on which nothing else
> > depends) and libs required _only_ by the packages that are being
> > backported. Packages on which other, unrelated packages depend shouldn't
> > be backported.
> Sounds like the only way to package Firefox under such a backport scheme 
> would be to bundle Gecko etc.

Yup. In MDV, Firefox isn't/wasn't allowed under the backports
guidelines. I think this makes sense given how important it is and how
easy it is to break other stuff by touching Firefox. Some stuff just
isn't right for a backports repo.
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
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