Fwd: Filtering question

Paul Howarth paul at city-fan.org
Thu Jun 21 15:16:34 UTC 2012

On 06/21/2012 03:53 PM, Alec Leamas wrote:
> On 06/21/2012 04:04 PM, Paul Howarth wrote:
>> On 06/21/2012 10:18 AM, Alec Leamas wrote:
>>> I raised this issue on rpmfusion-devel. However, I think it's general
>>> enough to seek advice also here on fedora-devel. since it's really about
>>> how to understand the filtering guidelines.
>>> Hi!
>>> I'm reviewing a package 2300  which at a glance seems to need filtering:
>>> it both Requires: and Provides: it's internal plugin libraries, many of
>>> which with generic names likely to clash with other packages symbols.
>>> But when I look at the guidelines at
>>> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:AutoProvidesAndRequiresFiltering,
>>> they
>>> seem to be contradictory:
>>>   - One one hand, a package "Must not export RPM dependency information
>>> which is not global in nature..." e. g., plugins.
>>>   - On the other, a package which have binaries in PATH and/or system
>>> libraries must not use filtering; this applies also to sub-packages.
>> The filtering page on the wiki is rather out of date as it pre-dates
>> rpm 4.9 (F-15 onwards), which includes a native filtering mechanism
>> and doesn't require that the internal dependency generator be turned
>> off, and is therefore safe to use on packages containing binaries.
> Ouch! And thanks! This has cost Richard (the submitter) quite some time.
> Any chance that you, who seems to know this stuff, could update the
> wiki? Or at least just insert a warning it's outdated? I know I could
> that myself, and I will unless someone else does. But it's always an
> advantage to know what you are talking about ;)

That would have to go through the packaging committee, as the Packaging: 
pages have restricted edit access.

I could write up a draft but it'll take quite a while to get round to it 
as I'm really busy at work at the moment.


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