RPM 4.10 pre-release snapshots available

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at laiskiainen.org
Wed Mar 7 14:09:31 UTC 2012

We're a bit late to our own party this year but rpm 4.10 pre-release 
version should be headed for rawhide in not too far future. In the 
meanwhile, in what is starting to become a tradition at this point, 
Fedora compatible [*] SRPM(s) are available at 
http://laiskiainen.org/rpm/srpms/ for brave testers who wish to take it 
out for an early spin.

This is not supposed to eat your system alive - I run daily snapshots of 
rpm on my systems throughout development and it certainly hasn't eaten 
mine - but as usual, proceed with caution.

What's noteworthy about this version ... is that there isn't a whole lot 
that you should notice. Probably the most user-visible thing is erasure 
progress meters on -Uvh (and -evh), pretty much everything else is 
behind the scenes improvements and fixes across the board. For the gory 
details, work-in-progress draft release notes can be found at 

Feedback on both working and non-working experiences most welcome.

[*] The snapshot srpm assumes libdb aka Berkeley DB 5, which is what rpm 
on Fedora >= 17 uses. If you end up testing with F16, you should build 
against db4 to avoid having to jump through hoops to downrev the rpmdb 
format in case you want to go back to "production" version. To do that, 
just change the "bdbname" macro in the spec to "db4" before building.

	- Panu -

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