Fixing Puppet in Fedora/EPEL

John.Florian at John.Florian at
Mon Oct 22 12:35:07 UTC 2012

> From: Matthew Miller <mattdm at>
> To: Development discussions related to Fedora 
<devel at>
> Cc: epel-devel-list at
> Date: 10/19/2012 19:35
> Subject: Re: Fixing Puppet in Fedora/EPEL
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> On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 04:04:24PM -0700, Michael Stahnke wrote:
> > * Move EPEL 6, Fedora >= 17 to use Puppet 3.0.
> Speaking for my previous job, it would really be unfortunate to have a
> non-compatible update of puppet in EPEL. Unless accompanied by very loud
> trumpets and fireworks beforehand, the day that update went out would be 
> very sad and busy day for a number of sysadmins.
> I'm not opposed to putting puppet 3 in, but it'd really be helpful if it
> went in as "puppet3" or something, and left the stable version as is,
> happily getting security-only updates.

Yes, please!  Something like that would be great.  It was done for bacula 
(and may still be).  I did finally get off bacula2, but it took a long 
time because I had many clients that couldn't run anything else and 
updating those clients (OS-wise) had many dependencies of their own.

It's a simple unavoidable fact that some systems just cannot stay as 
current as they ideally should and the dependencies may run very deep and 
well beyond the realm of software packages and OSes alone.
John Florian

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