Software Management call for RFEs

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at
Thu May 23 11:20:51 UTC 2013

On 05/22/2013 08:22 PM, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> Hi,
> Please clean up the distaster package verification is.
> rpm -Va is so incomplete it spawned rpmlint, package-cleanup and not doubt
> others I forget about.

There's probably some overlap in what those utilities do but generally I 
see them as addressing different kinds of issues. 'rpm -Va' is about 
verifying the installed packages are intact wrt what the package 
originally contained. rpmlint on the other hand is more about detecting 
common packaging mistakes - things that are technically legal packages 
but ones that are not packaged by "best practises", including distro 
policies and all.

> Even for the most basic checks its output is so useless and difficul to
> parse we've seen a critical path package like gdm shipped with the wrong
> file permissions without anyone noticing.

No disagreement there... if you have concrete proposal on how 'rpm -Va' 
output should look like to be easily parsable and sane, I'm all ears. 
Ditto if you know of some other tool performing similar function with 
sane(r) output.

	- Panu -

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